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Medal Of Honor Recipients

INTERIM - 1871-1898

  • AHERN, WILLIAM
    Born: 1861, Ireland.
    Rank and Organization: Watertender, United States Navy.
    Place: Aboard the USS Puritan.
    Date of Issue: November 1, 1897
    Citation: While on the U.S.S Puritan one of the boilers collapsed. Wrapped in wet cloths to protect his face and arms, Ahern entered the fireroom, crawled over the tops of the boilers and closed the auxiliary stop valve, disconnecting boiler E and removing the danger of disabling the other boilers.

  • ANDERSON, WILLIAM
    Born: 1854, Sweden
    Rank and Organization: Coxswain, United States Navy
    Place: Aboard the U.S.S Powhatan
    Date of Issue: June 28, 1878
    Citation: Acting courageously, he rescued First Class Boy W. H. Moffatt from drowning.

  • BELPITT, WILLIAM H.
    Born:1860, Australia
    Rank and Organization: Captain of the Afterguard, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Monocacy
    Date of Issue: October 7, 1884
    Citation: Jumping overboard from that vessel on the morning of this date, Belpitt sustained, until picked up, a Chinaman who had been thrown into the water by the capsizing of a canoe.

  • BENSON, JAMES
    Born: 1845, Denmark
    Rank and Organization:Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Ossipee
    Citation: Benson risked his life when he leaped into the sea while the ship was going at a speed of 4 knots and endeavored to save John K. Smith, landsman, of the same vessel, from drowning.

  • CHANDRON, AUGUST
    Born: 1866, France
    Rank and Organization: Seaman Apprentice, France
    Place: On board the U.S.S in Alexandria, Egypt
    Date of Issue: November 21, 1885
    Citation: Jumping overboard from that vessel, Chandron, with the aid of Hugh Miller, boatswain's mate, rescued William Evans, ordinary seaman, from drowning.

  • DAVIS, JAMES
    Born:1854, Jamaica
    Rank and Organization: Orindary Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S in France
    Date of Issue: February 1881
    Citation: Jumping overboard, Davis rescued Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain, from drowning.

  • DEMPSEY, JOHN
    Born: 1848, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S in Shanghai, China
    Date of Issue: January 23, 1875
    Citation: Displaying gallant conduct, Dempsey jumped overboard from the Kearsarge and rescued from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.

  • DENHAM, AUSTIN
    Born:1850, England
    Rank and Organization: Sraman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Kansas
    Date of Issue: July 9, 1872
    Citation: Displaying great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, Denham, by heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.

  • ELMORE, WALTER
    Born: 1857, England
    Rank and Organization: Landsman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Gettysburg
    Date of Issue: October 1, 1878
    Citation: Jumped overboard and saved Wallace Febrey from drowning. While that vessel was under way at sea in latitude 36 degrees 58 minutes north, longitude 3 degrees 44 minutes east.

  • EVERETTS, JOHN
    Born:1873, Ontario
    Rank and Organization: Chief Gunner's Mate, United States Navy
    Place:
    On board the U.S.S Cushing
    Date of Issue: May 20, 1898
    Citation: Everetts displayed gallant conduct in attempting to save the life of the late Ens. Joseph C. Breckinridge, U.S. Navy, who fell overboard at sea from that vessel.

  • FASSEUR, ISAAC L.
    Born: 1860, Holland
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Lackawanna in Peru
    Date of Issue: June 13, 1884
    Citation:Fasseur rescued William Cruise, who had fallen overboard, from drowning.

  • FLANNAGAN, JOHN
    Born: 1852, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Supply
    Date of Issue: October 26, 1878
    Citation:Flannagan rescued from drowning David Walsh, seaman, off Le Havre, France.

  • HILL, GEORGE
    Born: 1844, England
    Rank and Organization: Chief Quarter Gunner, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Kansas
    Date of Issue: April 12, 1872
    Citation: Hill displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, near Greytown, Nicaragua, and by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.

  • JOHNSON, WILLIAM
    Born: 1855, West Indies
    Rank and Organization: Cooper, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Adams
    Date of Issue: November 14, 1879
    Citation: Johnson rescued Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman, from drowning.

  • KERSEY, THOMAS
    Born: 1847, Canada
    Rank and Organization:Ordinary Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Plymouth
    Date of Issue: July 26, 1876
    Citation: Kersey displayed bravery and presence of mind in rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.

  • KING, HUGH
    Born: 1845, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Iroquois
    Date of Issue:
    Citation: Jumping overboard at the imminent risk of his life, King rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

  • KYLE, PATRICK J.
    Born: 1854, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Landsman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Quinnebaug
    Date of Issue: March 13, 1879
    Citation: For rescuing from drowning a shipmate from the vessel.

  • LAVERTY, JOHN
    Born: 1842, New York
    Rank and Organization: First Class Fireman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Wyalusing
    Date of Issue: May 25, 1864
    1st Award Citation: Volunteering for the hazardous mission, Lafferty participated in the transfer of two torpedoes across an island swamp and then served as sentry to keep guard of clothes and arms left by other members of the party. After being rejoined by others of the party who had been discovered before the plan could be completed, Lafferty succeeded in returning to the mother ship after spending 24 hours of discomfort in the rain and swamp.

  • LEJEUNE, EMILE
    Born:1853, France
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Plymouth
    Date of Issue: June 6, 1876
    Citation: Lejeune displayed gallant conduct in rescuing a citizen from drowning at Port Royal, S.C.

  • LOW, GEORGE
    Born: 1847, Canada
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Tennessee
    Date of Issue: February 15, 1881
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel at New Orleans, La., and sustaining, until picked up by a boat's crew, N. P. Petersen, gunner's mate, who had fallen overboard.

  • MADDIN, EDWARD
    Born: 1852, Canada
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Franklin
    Date of Issue: January 9, 1876
    Citation: Displaying gallant conduct, Maddin jumped overboard and rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

  • MATTHEWS, JOSEPH
    Born: 1849, Malta
    Rank and Organization: Captain of the Top, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Constitution
    Date of Issue: February 13, 1879
    Citation: For courageous conduct in going over the stern of the vessel at sea during a heavy gale, and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.

  • MOORE, PHILIP
    Born: 1853, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Trenton
    Date of Issue: September 21, 1880
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel, and rescuing from drowning Hans Paulsen, ordinary seaman.

  • MORSE, WILLIAM
    Born: 1852, Germany
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Shenandoah
    Date of Issue: September 19, 1880
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel at Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.

  • NOIL, JOSEPH B.
    Born: 1841, Canada
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Powhatan
    Date of Issue: December 26, 1872
    Citation: Noil saved Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning.

  • NORRIS, J.W.
    Born: 1862, England
    Rank and Organization: Landsman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Jamestown
    Date of Issue: December 20, 1883
    Citation: Norris rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard.

  • OHMSEN, AUGUST
    Born: 1854, Germany
    Rank and Organization: Master-at-Arms, United States Army
    Place: On board the U.S.S Tallapoosa
    Date of Issue: August 21, 1884
    Citation: At the time of the sinking of that vessel, clearing the berth deck, Ohmsen remained there until the water was waist deep, wading about with outstretched arms, rousing the men out of their hammocks. Then, going on deck, he assisted in lowering the first cutter and then the dinghy, of which he took charge.

  • O'NEAL, JOHN
    Born: 1841, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S. Kansas
    Date of Issue: July 9, 1872
    Citation: O'Neal displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, and by personal exertion prevented greater loss of life.

  • OSEPINS, CHRISTIAN
    Born: 1858, Holland
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Tug Fortune
    Date of Issue: Ocotber 18, 1884
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel at Hampton Roads, Va., and rescuing from drowning James Walters, gunner's mate.

  • PILE, RICHARD
    Born:1849, West Indies
    Rank and Organization: Ordinary Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Kansas
    Date of Issue: July 9, 1872
    Citation: Pile displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, near Greytown, Nicaragua, and by his extraordinary heroism and personal exertion prevented greater loss of.

  • REGAN, PATRICK
    Born: 1852, Ireland
    Rank and Organization: Ordinary Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Pensacola
    Date of Issue: July 30, 1873
    Citation: Regan displayed gallant conduct in the harbor of Coquimbor, Chile.

  • SIMPSON, HENRY
    Born:1859, London
    Rank and Organization:First Class Fireman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U. S. Essex
    Date of Issue: October 31, 1877
    Citation: For rescuing from drowning John W. Powers, ordinary seaman on board the vessel.

  • SMITH, JAMES
    Born: 1838, Hawaiian Islands
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On baord the U.S.S. Kansas
    Date of Issue: July 9, 1872
    Citation: Smith displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, and by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.

  • SMITH, JOHN
    Born: 1854, Bermuda
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S. Shenandoah
    Date of Issue: October 18, 1884
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.

  • SMITH, THOMAS
    Born: 1854, Bermuda
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Shenandoah
    Date of Issue: October 18, 1884
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the vessel and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.

  • SWEENEY, ROBERT
    Born: 1853, Canada
    Rank and Organization: Ordinary Seaman, United States Navy
    Place: On board the U.S.S Kearsarge
    Date of Issue: October 18, 1884
    Citation: Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.

  • THORNTON, MICHAEL
    Born: 1856, Ireland.
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
    Place: Pennsylvania. G.O.
    Date of Issue: 326, 18 October 1884.
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Tug Leyden, near Boston, Mass., 26 August 1881, and sustaining until picked up, Michael Drennan, landsman, who had jumped overboard while temporarily insane.

  • TOBIN, PAUL
    Born: Plybin, France.
    Rank and Organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy.
    Place: Brest, France.
    Date of Issue: 180, 10 October 1872.
    Citation: On board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Hamburg Harbor, 3 July 1871. Jumping overboard at the imminent risk of his life, Tobin, with a comrade, rescued from drowning one of a party who was thrown from a shore boat into a 4-knot running tide while the boat was coming alongside the ship.

  • TURVELIN, ALEXANDER HAURE
    Born: 1847, Russia.
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
    Date of Issue: 326, 18 October 1884.
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Toulon, France, February 1881, and rescuing from drowning Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain.

  • WEISSEL, ADAM
    Born: 1854, Germany.
    Rank and Organization: Ship's Cook, U.S. Navy.
    Place: New York.
    Date of Issue: 326, 18 October 1884.
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship Minnesota, at Newport, R.l., 26 August 1881, and sustaining until picked up by a boat from the ship, C. Lorenze, captain of the forecastle, who had fallen overboard.

  • WILLIAMS, ANTONIO
    Born: 1825, Malta.
    Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
    Citation: For courage and fidelity displayed in the loss of the U.S.S. Huron, 24 November 1877.

  • WILLIAMS, HENRY
    Born: Born 1833 Canada.
    Rank and Organization: Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy.
    Place: Pennsylvania.
    Date of Issue: 326, 18 October 1884
    Citation: For going over the stern of the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, during a heavy gale, and performing important carpenter's work upon her rudder.

  • WILLIAMS, LOUIS
    Born: 1845 Norway.
    Rank and Organization: Captain of the Hold, U.S. Navy.
    Place: California.
    Date of Issue: 326, 18 October 1884. Second award.
    Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S Lackawanna, 16 March 1883, at Honolulu, T.H., and rescuing from drowning Thomas Moran, landsman.

  • WILSON, AUGUST
    Born: 1 March 1864, Danzig, Germany.
    Rank and Organization: Boilermaker, U.S. Navy.
    Place: New York.
    Date of Issue: 482, November 1897.
    Citation: For gallant conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Puritan and at the time of the collapse of one of the crown sheets of boiler E on that vessel, 1 July 1897. Wrapping wet cloths about his face and arms, Wilson entered the fireroom and opened the safety valve, thus removing the danger of disabling the other boilers.


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