Charles Brown (Medal of Honor)

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Charles Brown
1871sujagi.jpg  US Navy Medal of Honor (1862 original).png
Aboard USS Colorado in 1871 with a sujagi: (right to left) Cpl Charles Brown, Pvt Hugh Purvis, possibly Cyrus Hayden. Photograph by Felice Beato
Born 1849
New York City, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1870 - 1871
Rank Corporal
Unit USS Colorado
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Charles Brown (born 1849) was a US Marine who received the United States's highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Honor. He was born in New York City, and enlisted in the Marine Corps from Hong Kong in June 1870, aboard the USS Ashuelot.[1] His Medal of Honor was approved under General Order No. 169, dated 8 February 1872.[2] There is no record of Brown having received his medal, as he deserted from the Marine Corps in October 1871, before the medal was approved.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: New York, N.Y. Enlisted at: Hong Kong, China. G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872.


On board the USS Colorado in action against a Korean fort on 11 June 1871. Assisted in capturing the Korean standard in the center of the Citadel of the Korean Fort, June 11, 1871.[3][1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Corporal Charles Brown, USMC (Deceased)". United States Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  2. ^ Robeson, George M. (February 8, 1872). "General Order, No. 169". General orders and circulars issued by the Navy Department (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office) (1863–1887): 111. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Brown, Charles". Medal of Honor recipients — Korean Campaign 1871. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 


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