George W. Cutter
|George W. Cutter|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1849, Cutter joined the Navy from that state  in 1868.  By May 27, 1872, he was serving as a landsman on the USS Powhatan. On that day, while the ship was at Norfolk, Virginia, Seaman James Mitchell fell from Powhatan's rigging and landed in the water; he was rendered helpless in the fall. Cutter and two others, Second Assistant Engineer George Cowie and Ordinary Seaman Henry Couch, jumped overboard and saved Mitchell from drowning. For this action, Cutter was awarded the Medal of Honor a month and a half later, on July 9.
Cutter's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Powhatan, Norfolk, Va., 27 May 1872. Jumping overboard on this date, Cutter aided in saving one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.
- "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- Bennett, Frank Marion (1897). The steam navy of the United States. Pittsburgh: Warren & Company. p. 602.
- "George W. Cutter". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- "George W. Cutter". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
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