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James F. Merton

Date of birth: 1845
Burial location: St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Birth: England, Cheshire
Home of record: Portsmouth New Hampshire

Twelve of the 15 Medals for this action were presented on February 18, 1872. Merton and Landsman William Lukes were both wounded so severely they spend months in recuperation. Both men received their Medals on October 10, 1872.


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 Landsman James F. Merton, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as Landsman and member of Company D, attached to the U.S.S. Colorado, during the capture of the Korean forts, 9 and 10 June 1871. Landsman Merton was severely wounded in the arm while trying to force his way into the fort.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 180 (October 10, 1872)

Action Date: June 9 & 10, 1871

Service: Navy

Rank: Landsman

Division: U.S.S. Colorado