John Alphonsus Murphy

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John Alphonsus Murphy
Born (1881-07-28)July 28, 1881
New York City, New York
Died November 29, 1935(1935-11-29) (aged 54)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1897 - 1906
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

John Alphonsus Murphy (February 26, 1881 – November 29, 1935) was an American drummer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Murphy was born February 26, 1881 in New York City, New York and enlisted into the Marine Corps from Washington, D.C. January 5, 1897.[1] After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.[2] He received the Medal for his actions in Peking, China from July 21-August 17, 1900 and it was presented to him December 11, 1901.[2] He died November 29, 1935 [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Drummer, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 26 February 1881, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900, Murphy distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Schuon, Karl (June 1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary: the corps' fighting men, what they did, where they served. Murphy, John Alphonsus. Franklin Watts, Inc. p. 152. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "MURPHY, JOHN ALPHONSUS". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 

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