Bucks County, Pennsylvania
|Died||August 7, 1805 (aged 32–33)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Battles/wars||First Barbary War|
During an engagement in the harbor of Tripoli August 3, 1805, Sergeant Meredith saved the life of Lieutenant John Trippe of USS Vixen, who with a party of nine men had boarded a Tripolitan ship. Heavily outnumbered, the boarding party fought a fierce hand-to-hand combat, in which Trippe was severely wounded; Meredith protected him from what would have been the final blow. Four days later Meredith was killed in the explosion of Gunboat No. 3 during a similar attack against the Tripolitans.
See USS Meredith for ships that have been named in his honor.
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