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Korean Campaign 1871 - U.S. Marine Corps

Hugh Purvis

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: Korean Campaign 1871
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Alaska
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 11, 1871
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Korean Forts, Korea
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.
Medal of Honor Recipient Hugh Purvis
Medal of Honor Recipient Hugh Purvis
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 5, 1846, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, United States
  • Died: February 12, 1922, Annapolis, MD, United States
  • Buried: St. Anne's Cedar Bluff Cemetery (MH) (43-154) , Annapolis, MD, United States

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