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.

Biography[edit]

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.

Citation:

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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References[edit]

  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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