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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

James Smith

Details
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Kansas
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 12, 1872
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Greytown, Nicaragua
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.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 5, 1838, Hawaiian Islands (then called Sandwich Islands)
  • Died:
  • Location of Medal: Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
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