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 Gustave Englebrecht

Gustave Englebrecht

Death 21 Nov 1856
Port Gamble, Kitsap County, Washington, USA
Burial Port Gamble, Kitsap County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 20862 · View Source
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United States Navy Sailor. He was serving as a coxswain on board the wooden steamer warship “USS Massachusetts” when it was part of the United States Navy’s Pacific Squadron in 1856. He was killed in a minor engagement between the ship and the Native American Tlingit people at Port Gamble, Kitsip County, Washington Territory on November 21, 1856, making him the first Navy combat death in the Pacific. A historical marker that was erected near his burial site reads: "1856. National Historic Site. First U. S. Navy man to die in action in the Pacific. During the Indian depredation, Port Gamble was attacked. Mill workers hoped for relief from a U. S. Navy Warship the 'Massachusetts'. The ship arrived, and the skirmish resulted in this American casualty. Curiosity got the better of Gus Englebrecht. He poked his head above a log to view a brave just fired upon, and wrote himself into history."


Cox US Navy
Indian War

In Memory of
Gustave Englebrecht, Coxswain, USN
USS Massachusetts
Killed in Battle
Northern Indians
Port Gamble, Washingtn
Line of Duty on
November 21, 1856

Presented by
Kitsap County Historical Assn




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gustave Englebrecht (unknown–21 Nov 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20862, citing Buena Vista Cemetery, Port Gamble, Kitsap County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .