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Korean Campaign 1871

Korean Campaign 1871
Medal of Honor Recipients

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Note: An asterisk in the citation indicates
that the award was given posthumously.

ANDREWS, JOHN

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

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Benicia in action against Korean forts on 9 and 10 June 1871. Stationed at the lead in passing the forts, Andrews stood on the gunwale on the Benicia's launch, lashed to the ridgerope. He remained unflinchingly in this dangerous position and gave his soundings with coolness and accuracy under a heavy fire.

BROWN, CHARLES

  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Enlisted at: Hongkong, China
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action against a Korean fort on 11 June 1871. Assisted in capturing the Korean standard in the center of the citadel of the fort.

COLEMAN, JOHN

  • Rank and organization. Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: California
  • G.O. No. 169, 8 February 1872
  • Other

Citation. On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.

DOUGHERTY, JAMES

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Carondelet in various actions of that vessel. Wounded several times, Dougherty invariably returned to duty, presenting an example of constancy and devotion to the flag.

FRANKLIN, FREDERICK

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to. New Hampshire
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts on 11 June 1871. Assuming command of Company D, after Lt. McKee was wounded, Franklin handled the company with great credit until relieved.

GRACE, PATRICK H.

  • Rank and organization: Chief Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No. 177, 4 December 1915

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Benicia during the attack on the Korean forts, 10 and 11 June 1871. Carrying out his duties with coolness, Grace set forth gallant and meritorious conduct throughout this action.

HAYDEN, CYRUS

  • Rank and organization: Carpenter, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Maine
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Serving as color bearer of the battalion, Hayden planted his flag on the ramparts of the citadel and protected it under a heavy fire from the enemy.

LUKES, WILLIAM F.

  • Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy
  • Enlisted at: Tientsin, China
  • G.O. No.: 180, 10 October 1872

vCitation: Served with Company D during the capture of the Korean forts, 9 and 10 June 1871. Fighting the enemy inside the fort, Lukes received a severe cut over the head.

McKENZlE, ALEXANDER

  • Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Fighting at the side of Lt. McKee during this action, McKenzie was struck by a sword and received a severe cut in the head from the blow.

McNAMARA, MICHAEL

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872
  • Other

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Benicia during the capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Advancing to the parapet, McNamara wrenched the match-lock from the hands of an enemy and killed him.

MERTON, JAMES F.

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

Citation: Landsman and member of Company D during the capture of the Korean forts, 9 and 10 June 1871, Merton was severely wounded in the arm while trying to force his way into the fort.

OWENS, MICHAEL

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the capture of Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Fighting courageously in hand-tohand combat, Owens was badly wounded by the enemy during this action.

PURVIS, HUGH

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Alaska during the attack on and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Braving the enemy fire, Purvis was the first to scale the walls of the fort and capture the flag of the Korean forces.

ROGERS, SAMUEL F.

  • Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: New York
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Fighting courageously at the side of Lt. McKee during this action, Rogers was wounded by the enemy.

TROY, WILLIAM

  • Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Fighting at the side of Lt. McKee, by whom he was especially commended, Troy was badly wounded by the enemy.