Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 6/26/1812 - 2/17/1813
Rifford’s date and place of birth are unknown.
Rifford enlisted in the US Navy at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 26, 1812. He joined Constitution ’s crew as an able seaman on July 3, 1812. He left the ship sometime after February 17, 1813.
Battles and Engagements
Rifford fought in the battle against HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812. During the Java engagement, he was stationed at gun no. 6 on the gun deck, where he acted as 3rd loader.
Rifford’s place and date of death are unknown.