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Hugh Purvis

Date of birth: March 5, 1846
Date of death: February 12, 1922
Burial location: Annapolis, Maryland
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Marine Amphibious Landing in Korea

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Hugh Purvis, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S.S. Alaska during the attack on and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Braving the enemy fire, Private Purvis was the first to scale the walls of the fort and capture the flag of the Korean forces.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 169 (February 8, 1872)

Action Date: June 11, 1871

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Division: U.S.S. Alaska