James A. Stewart (Medal of Honor)
|James A. Stewart|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1868–1873|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839, Stewart joined the Marine Corps from Washington, D.C. on April 13, 1868. By February 1, 1872, he was serving as a corporal on the USS Plymouth. On that day, while Plymouth was in the harbor of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, Stewart jumped overboard and rescued a midshipman named Osterhaus from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor eight months later, on October 10. Stewart was discharged from the Marine Corps as a sergeant on July 11, 1873.
Stewart's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Stewart jumped overboard in the harbor of Villefranche, France, 1 February 1872 and saved Midshipman Osterhaus from drowning.
- Schuon, Karl (1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary. New York: Franklin Watts. p. 215.
- "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.
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