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CMOHS.org - Apprentice HAYDEN, JOHN, U.S. Navy

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HAYDEN, JOHN

Rank: Apprentice
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1863, Washington, D.C.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 246
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Accredited To: Washington, D.C.
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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.