James A. Stewart (Medal of Honor)

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James A. Stewart
Born 1839
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1868–1873
Rank Sergeant
Unit USS Plymouth
Awards Medal of Honor

James A. Stewart (born 1839, year of death unknown) was a United States Marine and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839, Stewart joined the Marine Corps from Washington, D.C. on April 13, 1868.[1] 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.[2] Stewart was discharged from the Marine Corps as a sergeant on July 11, 1873.[1]

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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Schuon, Karl (1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary. New York: Franklin Watts. p. 215. 
  2. ^ a b "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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