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Michael Mc Laughlin

Rank(s): Marine Private

Dates of Service: 6/11/1812 - 8/1/1813

Birth Date: 1775

Early Life

McLaughlin was born in Sligo, Ireland in 1775.

Early Experience

McLaughlin trained as a weaver, but enlisted as private in the Marine Corps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1811. In 1811, McLaughlin stood 5 feet, 5 ½ inches tall, and had grey eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.

McLaughlin joined Constitution ’s crew at the Washington Navy Yard on June 11, 1812. In July 1813 he was listed as “sick at the Navy Yard” in Boston, Massachusetts and he was formally transferred to the Marine Barracks there on August 1, 1813.

Battles and Engagements

McLaughlin participated in the battles against HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, and received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories.

By the end of October 1813, McLaughlin had recovered sufficiently from his sickness to be transferred to the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Navy Yard. He seems to have become ill again, and was discharged from the Marines with a surgeon’s certificate on October 10, 1815.


Crew ID

9313