George Low (Medal of Honor)

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George Low
Born 1847
Died 1912
Elmhurst, Queens, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Tennessee
Awards Medal of Honor

George Low (1847 - 1912) [1] was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. His birth name was George Low Evatt.


Born in 1847 in Canada, Low immigrated to the United States and joined the Navy from New York. By February 15, 1881, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Tennessee. On that day, while Tennessee was at New Orleans, Louisiana, Gunner's Mate N.P. Petersen fell overboard. Low jumped into the water and kept the man afloat until they were both picked up by a boat. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three and a half years later, on October 18, 1884.[2]

Low's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Tennessee at New Orleans, La., 15 February 1881, and sustaining, until picked up by a boat's crew, N. P. Petersen, gunner's mate, who had fallen overboard.[2]

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  1. ^ [Find a Grave]
  2. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 

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