John Coleman (Medal of Honor)

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John Coleman
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Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1847-10-09)October 9, 1847
County Cork, Ireland
Died October 30, 1904(1904-10-30) (aged 57)
New York City, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1870 - 1893
Rank Sergeant
Unit USS Colorado
Battles/wars Korean Expedition
Awards Medal of Honor

John Coleman (October 9, 1847 – October 30, 1904) was a United States Marine who received the United States military's highest decoration for bravery—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Korean Expedition. He was Irish-born, and received the Medal for saving the life of Boatswain's Mate Alexander McKenzie while under enemy attack on the USS Colorado.

Coleman enlisted in the Marine Corps from Brooklyn in January 1870, and retired in August 1893. [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization. Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: October 9, 1847, Ireland. Accredited to: California. G.O. No. 169, February 8, 1872.


On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  1. ^ USMC History Division
  2. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.