Cyrus Hayden

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Cyrus Hayden
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 1839
York, Maine
Died 1912
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Rank Carpenter
Unit USS Colorado
Battles/wars Korean Expedition
Awards Medal of Honor

Cyrus Hayden (1839-1912) was a United States Navy sailor received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean Expedition on June 11, 1871. While serving as the color bearer for the USS Colorado's crew and Marines, Hayden planted the American Flag on the ramparts under heavy enemy fire.

Hayden enlisted in the Navy from Boston, Massachusetts in 1869. [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Carpenter, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, York, Maine Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 169, February 8, 1872.[2]


On board the USS Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Serving as color bearer of the battalion, Hayden planted his flag on the ramparts of the citadel and protected it under a heavy fire from the enemy.[3]

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  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. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.