Michael Mc Laughlin
Rank(s): Marine Private
Dates of Service: 6/11/1812 - 8/1/1813
Birth Date: 1775
McLaughlin was born in Sligo, Ireland in 1775.
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.