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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

Michael Thornton

Details
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Tug Leyden
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 26, 1881
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Boston, Massachusetts
Citation

For jumping overboard from the U.S. Tug Leyden, near Boston, Mass., 26 August 1881, and sustaining until picked up Michael Drennan, landsman, who had jumped overboard while temporarily insane.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: June 17, 1856, Ireland
  • Died:
  • Buried: , AL
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