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John Coleman

Date of birth: October 9, 1847
Date of death: 1889
Place of Birth: Ireland, County Cork
Home of record: California

In his rescue of Alexander McKenzie, who also received the Medal of Honor for this action, John Coleman performed the first of at least four incidents where a Medal of Honor was awarded for saving the life of a Medal of Honor recipient.


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 John Coleman, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Private Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.

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. Colorado