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Interim Awards, 1871-1898
Medal of Honor Recipients

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AHERN, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Watertender, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 482, 1 November 1897

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Puritan at the time of the collapse of one of the crown sheets of boiler E of that vessel, 1 July 1897. 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

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Powhatan, 28 June 1878. Acting courageously, Anderson rescued from drowning W. H. Moffatt, first class boy.

ATKINS, DANIEL

  • Rank and organization: Ship's Cook, First Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Virginia
  • G.O. No.: 489, 20 May 1898

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Cushing, 11 February 1898. Showing gallant conduct, Atkins attempted to save the life of the late Ens. Joseph C. Breckenridge, U.S. Navy, who fell overboard at sea from that vessel on this date.

AUER, JOHN F.

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman Apprentice, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Lancaster, Marseille, France, 20 November 1883. Jumping overboard, Auer rescued from drowning a French lad who had fallen into the sea from a stone pier astern of the ship.

BARRETT, EDWARD

  • Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Alaska at Callao Bay, Peru, 14 September 1881. Following the rupture of the stop-valve chamber, Barrett courageously hauled the fires from under the boiler of that vessel.

BELPITT, W. H.

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Afterguard, U.S. Navy
  • (Letter No. 126, 27 October 1884, LCDR Iverson, U .S. Navy.)

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Monocacy, Foochow, China, 7 October 1884. 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

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Enlisted at: Yokohama, Japan
  • G.O. No.: 180, 10 October 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Ossipee, 20 June 1872. Risking his life, Benson 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.

BRADLEY, ALEXANDER

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 180, 10 October 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Wachusett off Cowes, 7 August 1872. Jumping overboard into a strong tideway, Bradley attempted to save Philip Cassidy, landsman, of the U.S.S. Wabash, from drowning.

BUCHANAN, DAVID M.

  • Rank and organization: Apprentice, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 246, 22 July 1879

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Saratoga off Battery, New York Harbor, 15 July 1879. On the morning of this date, Robert Lee Robey, apprentice, fell overboard from the after part of the ship into the tide which was running strong ebb at the time and, not being an expert swimmer, was in danger of drowning. Instantly springing over the rail after him, Buchanan never hesitated for an instant to remove even a portion of his clothing. Both men were picked up by the ship's boat following this act of heroism.

CHANDRON, AUGUST

  • Rank and organization: Seaman Apprentice, Second Class, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York. (Letter, Capt. N. Judlow, U.S. Navy, No. 8326B; 21 November 1885.)

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Quinnebaug, Alexandria, Egypt, on the morning of 21 November 1885. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Chandron, with the aid of Hugh Miller, boatswain's mate, rescued William Evans, ordinary seaman, from drowning.

CONNOLLY, MICHAEL

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 218, 24 August 1876

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, 7 August 1876. Acting gallantly, Connolly succeeding in rescuing a citizen from drowning on this date.

COREY, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 215, 9 August 1876

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Navy Yard, New York, 26 July 1876. Showing heroic conduct, Corey endeavored to save the life of one of the crew of that ship who had fallen overboard from aloft.

COSTELLO, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 214, 27 July 1876

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Hartford, Philadelphia, Pa., 16 July 1876. Showing gallantry, Costello rescued from drowning a landsman of that vessel.

COURTNEY, HENRY C.

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: On board the U.S. Training Ship Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard, 7 February 1882. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Courtney assisted in rescuing Charles Taliaferro, jack-of-the-dust, from drowning.

CRAMEN, THOMAS

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard, 7 February 1882. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Cramen rescued Charles Taliaferro, jack-of-the-dust, from drowning.

CREELMAN, WILLIAM J.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Attached to the U.S.S. Maine, February 1897. Distinguishing himself, Creelman showed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during an attempt to save life at sea.

CUTTER, GEORGE W.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Powhatan, Norfolk, Va., 27 May 1872. Jumping overboard on this date, Cutter aided in saving one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

DAVIS, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Trenton, Toulon, France, February 1881. Jumping overboard, Davis rescued Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain, from drowning.

DAVIS, JOSEPH H.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Letter, Mate J. W. Baxter, U.S. Navy, No. 8985, 25 January 1886.

Citation: On board the U.S. Receiving Ship Dale off the Wharf at Norfolk, Va., 22 January 1886. Jumping overboard from the ferryboat, Davis rescued from drowning John Norman, ordinary seaman.

DEMPSEY, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Kearsarge at Shanghai, China, 23 January 1875. Displaying gallant conduct, Dempsey jumped overboard from the Kearsarge and rescued from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.

DENEEF, MICHAEL

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 201, 18 January 1876

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Swatara at Para, Brazil, 1 December 1875. Displaying gallant conduct, Deneef jumped overboard and rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

DENHAM, AUSTIN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Kansas near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872. 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.

EILERS, HENRY A.

  • Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 404, 22 November 1892

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Philadelphia during the sham attack on Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md., 17 September 1892. Displaying extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on this occasion, Eilers remained at his post in the magazine and stamped out the burning particles of a prematurely exploded cartridge which had blown down the chute.

ELMORE, WALTER

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Enlisted at: Toulon, France
  • Entered
  • Other

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Gettysburg; for jumping overboard and saving from drowning Wallace Febrey, landsman, while that vessel was under way at sea in latitude 36 degrees 58 minutes north, longitude 3 degrees 44 minutes east, 1 October 1878.

ENRIGHT, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Ranger off Ensenada, Mexico, 18 January 1886. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Enright rescued John Bell, ordinary seaman, and George Svensson, ordinary seaman, from drowning.

EVERETTS, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: U.S. Navy, Gunner's Mate, Third Class
  • G.O. No.: 489, 20 May 1898

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Cushing, 11 February 1898, 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.

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna, 13 June 1884, at Callao, Peru, Fasseur rescued William Cruise, who had fallen overboard, from drowning.

FLANNAGAN, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Supply, Flannagan rescued from drowning David Walsh, seaman, of Le Havre, France, 26 October 1878.

FOWLER, CHRISTOPHER

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Fortune off Point Zapotitlan, Mexico, 11 May 1874. On the occasion of the capsizing of one of the boats of the Fortune and the drowning of a portion of the boat's crew, Fowler displayed gallant conduct.

GIDDING, CHARLES

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Maine
  • G.O. No.: 215, 9 August 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Gidding showed heroic conduct in trying to save the life of one of the crew of that ship, who had fallen overboard from aloft at the Navy Yard, New York, 26 July 1876.

GILLICK, MATTHEW

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Rhode Island
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Lancaster at Marseille, France, 20 November 1883. Jumping overboard from the Lancaster, Gillick rescued from drowning a French lad who had fallen into the sea from a stone pier astern of the ship.

HANDRAN, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 206, 15 February 1876

Citation: For gallant conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Franklin at Lisbon, Portugal, 9 January 1876. Jumping overboard, Handran rescued from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.

HARRINGTON, DAVID

  • Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Washington, D.C.
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Tallapoosa at the time of the sinking of that vessel, on the night of 21 August 1884. Remaining at his post of duty in the fireroom until the fires were put out by the rising waters, Harrington opened the safety valves when the water was up to his waist.

HAYDEN, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Apprentice, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Washington, D.C
  • G.O. No.: 246, 22 July 1879

Citation: On board the U.S. Training Ship Saratoga. On the morning of 15 July 1879, while the Saratoga was anchored off the Battery, in New York Harbor, R. L. Robey, apprentice, fell overboard. As the tide was running strong ebb, the man, not being an expert swimmer, was in danger of drowning. David M. Buchanan, apprentice, instantly, without removing any of his clothing, jumped after him. Stripping himself, Hayden stood coolly watching the 2 in the water, and when he thought his services were required, made a dive from the rail and came up alongside them and rendered assistance until all 3 were picked up by a boat from the ship.

HILL, GEORGE

  • Rank and organization: Chief Quarter Gunner, U.S. Navy
  • Entered service at: New York, N.Y.
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, Hill 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.

HILL, WILLIAM L.

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S. Training Ship Minnesota at Newport, R.I., 22 June 1881, Hill jumped overboard and sustained William Mulcahy, third class boy, who had fallen overboard, until picked up by a steam launch.

HOLT, GEORGE

  • Rank and organization: Quarter Gunner, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Kentucky
  • G.O. No.: 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, Holt, 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.

HORTON, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, Horton showed courageous conduct in going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.

JOHNSON, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas near Greytown, Nicaragua 12 April 1872, Johnson displayed great coolness and self-possession ai the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned and, by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.

JOHNSON, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Cooper, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Adams at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., 14 November 1879, Johnson rescued Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman, from drowning.

KERSEY, THOMAS

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 215, 9 August 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth at the Navy Yard, New York, 26 July 1876, Kersey displayed bravery and presence of mind in rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.

KING, HUGH

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Iroquois, Delaware River, 7 September 1871. Jumping overboard at the imminent risk of his life, King rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

KYLE, PATRICK J.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts

Citation: For rescuing from drowning a shipmate from the U.S.S. Quinnebaug, at Port Mahon, Minorca, 13 March 1879.

LAKIN, THOMAS

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Narragansett at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., November 1874, jumping overboard, Lakin displayed gallant conduct by rescuing 2 men of that ship from drowning.

LAVERTY, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884
  • Other

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Alaska at Callao Bay, Peru, 14 September 1881. Following the rupture of the stop-valve chamber on that vessel, Laverty hauled the fires from under the boiler.

LEJEUNE, EMILE

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 212, 9 June 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Lejeune displayed gallant conduct in rescuing a citizen from drowning at Port Royal, S.C., 6 June 1876.

LOW, GEORGE

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Tennessee at New Orleans, La., 15 February 1881, and sustaining, until picked up by a boat's crew, N. P. Petersen, gunner's mate, who had fallen overboard.

LUCY, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Second Class Boy, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 214, 27 July 1876

Citation: Displayed heroic conduct while serving on board the U.S. Training Ship Minnesota on the occasion of the burning of Castle Garden at New York, 9 July 1876.

MADDIN, EDWARD

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 206, 15 February 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Franklin at Lisbon, Portugal, 9 January 1876. Displaying gallant conduct, Maddin jumped overboard and rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.

MAGEE, JOHN W.

  • Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Maryland
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Tallapoosa during the sinking of that vessel on the night of 21 August 1884. During this period, Magee remained at his post of duty in the fireroom until the fires were put out by the rising waters.

MANNING, HENRY J.

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Connecticut
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S. Training Ship New Hampshire, off Newport, R.I., 4 January 1882. Jumping overboard, Manning endeavored to rescue Jabez Smith, second class musician, from drowning.

MATTHEWS, JOSEPH

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For courageous conduct in going over the stern of the U.S.S. Constitution at sea, 13 February 1879, during a heavy gale, and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.

McCARTON, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Ship's Printer, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship New Hampshire off Coasters Harbor Island, near Newport, R.l., 4 January 1882, and endeavoring to rescue Jabez Smith, second class musician, from drowning.

MILLER, HUGH

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • (Letter Capt. N. Judlow U.S. Navy, No. 8326/B; 21 November 1885.)

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Quinnebaug, at Alexandria, Egypt, on the morning of 21 November 1885 and assisting in saving a shipmate from drowning.

MILLMORE, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Essex, Millmore rescued from drowning John W. Powers, ordinary seaman, serving on the same vessel with him, at Monrovia, Liberia, 31 October 1877.

MITCHELL, THOMAS

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond, Mitchell rescued from drowning, M. F. Caulan, first class boy, serving with him on the same vessel, at Shanghai, China, 17 November 1879.

MOORE, FRANCIS

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship Portsmouth, at the Washington Navy Yard, 23 January 1882, and endeavoring to rescue Thomas Duncan, carpenter and calker, who had fallen overboard.

MOORE, PHILIP

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Rhode Island
  • G. O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Genoa, Italy, 21 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning Hans Paulsen, ordinary seaman.

MORRIS, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For leaping overboard from the U.S. Flagship Lancaster, at Villefranche, France, 25 December 1881, and rescuing from drowning Robert Blizzard, ordinary seaman, a prisoner, who had jumped overboard.

MORSE, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation. For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Shenandoah at Rio de Janeiro Brazil, 19 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.

NOIL, JOSEPH B.

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning.

NORRIS, J. W.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, New York Navy Yard, 20 December 1883, Norris rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard.

O'CONNER, JAMES F.

  • Rank and orgartization: Landsman, Engineer's Force, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Virginia
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Jean Sands, opposite the Norfolk Navy Yard, on the night of 15 June 1880, and rescuing from drowning a young girl who had fallen overboard.

OHMSEN, AUGUST

  • Rank and organization: Master-at-Arms, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Tallapoosa at the time of the sinking of that vessel, on the night of 21 August 1884. 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

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, 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.

OSBORNE, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Louisiana
  • G.O. No.: 218, 24 August 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Juniata, Osborne displayed gallant conduct in rescuing from drowning an enlisted boy of that vessel, at Philadelphia, Pa., 21 August 1876.

OSEPINS, CHRISTIAN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Tug Fortune, 7 May 1882, at Hampton Roads, Va., and rescuing from drowning James Walters, gunner's mate.

PARKER, ALEXANDER

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 215, 9 August 1876

Citation: For gallant conduct in attempting to save a shipmate from drowning at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., on 25 July 1876.

PILE, RICHARD

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, Pile 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 his extraordinary heroism and personal exertion prevented greater loss of ...

REGAN, PATRICK

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Pensacola, Regan displayed gallant conduct in the harbor of Coquimbor, Chile, 30 July 1873.

ROUNING, JOHANNES

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman. U.S. Navy
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Tug Fortune, 7 May 1882, at Hampton Roads, Va., and rescuing from drowning James Walters, gunner's mate.

RUSSELL, JOHN

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Genoa, Italy, 21 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning Hans Paulsen, ordinary seaman.

RYAN, RICHARD

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Connecticut
  • G.O. No.: 207, 23 March 1876

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Hartford, Ryan displayed gallant conduct in jumping overboard at Norfolk, Va., and rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel, 4 March 1876.

SADLER, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Saratoga, off Coasters Harbor Island, R.I., 25 June 1881, and sustaining until picked up by a boat from the ship, Frank Gallagher, second class boy, who had fallen overboard.

SAPP, ISACC

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, Engineer's Force, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Shenandoah during the rescue of a shipmate at Villefranche, 15 December 1871. Jumping overboard, Sapp gallantly assisted in saving Charles Prince, seaman, from drowning.

SIMPSON, HENRY

  • Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For rescuing from drowning John W. Powers, ordinary seaman on board the U.S.S. Essex, at Monrovia, Liberia, 31 October 1877.

SMITH, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 176, 9 July 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, 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

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Shenandoah, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.

SMITH, THOMAS

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Virginia

Citation: For rescuing from drowning William Kent, coxswain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, off Para, Brazil, I October 1878.

STEWART, JAMES A.

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 180, 10 October 1872

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Stewart jumped overboard in the harbor of Villefranche, France, 1 February 1872 and saved Midshipman Osterhaus from drowning.

SULLIVAN, JAMES F.

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship New Hampshire, at Newport, R.I., 21 April 1882, and rescuing from drowning Francis T. Price, third class boy.

SWEENEY, ROBERT

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.

SECOND AWARD: Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, at the Navy Yard New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel.

SWEENEY, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, Engineer's Force, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Jean Sands, opposite the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., on the night of 15 June 1880, and rescuing from drowning a young girl who had fallen overboard.

TAYLOR, RICHARD H.

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Virginia
  • G.O. No.: 157, 20 April 1904

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Nipsic, Taylor displayed gallantry during the hurricane at Apia, Samoa, 16 March 1889.

THAYER, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Ship's Corporal U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For rescuing from drowning a boy serving with him on the U.S.S. Constitution, at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 16 November 1879.

THOMPSON, HENRY

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy

Citation: For rescuing a man from drowning at Mare Island, Calif., 27 June 1878.

THORNTON, MICHAEL

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 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

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Entered service at: Brest, France
  • G.O. No.: 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.

TROUT, JAMES M.

  • Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Frolic, Trout displayed gallant conduct in endeavoring to save the life of one of the crew of that vessel who had fallen overboard at Montevideo, 20 April 1877.

TROY, JEREMIAH

  • Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884

Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S. Training Ship New Hampshire, at Newport, R.I., 21 April 1882, and rescuing from drowning Francis T. Price, third class boy.

TURVELIN, ALEXANDER HAURE

  • Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • G.O. No.: 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.

WEISBOGEL, ALBERT

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Mizzen Top, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Louisiana
  • G.O. No.: 207, 23 March 1876; 212, 9 June 1876. Second award

Citation: For gallant conduct in jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Benicia, at sea, and rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel on 11 January 1874

SECOND AWARD: For gallant conduct in jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Plymouth, at sea, and rescuing from drowning one of the crew of that vessel on 27 April 1876.

WEISSEL, ADAM

  • Rank and organization: Ship's Cook, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 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

  • 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

  • Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 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

  • Rank and organization: Captain of the Hold, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No.: 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.

SECOND AWARD - Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna, Williams rescued from drowning William Cruise, who had fallen overboard at Callao Peru, 13 June 1884.

WILLIS, GEORGE

  • Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Tigress, Willis displayed gallant and meritorious conduct on the night of 22 September 1873 off the coast of Greenland.

WILSON, AUGUST

  • Rank and organization: Boilermaker, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.. 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.