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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

John Davis

  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Trenton
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 1, 1881
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Toulon, France

On board the U.S.S. Trenton, Toulon, France, February 1881. Jumping overboard, Davis rescued Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain, from drowning.

Additional Details
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 1, 1854, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Died: August 19, 1903, Hampton, VA, United States
  • Buried: Hampton National Cemetery (MH) (C-8534), Hampton, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, PA

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