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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

James Benson

Details
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Ossipee
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 20, 1872
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off the coast of Chile, Chile
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 four knots and endeavored to save John K. Smith, landsman, of the same vessel, from drowning.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Yokohama, Japan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: 1872
  • Born: 1842, Denmark
  • Died: August 4, 1890, Boston Harbor, MA, United States
  • Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery Astral PI, Grave 26, Chelsea, MA, United States
  • Location of Medal:
 

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