John Costello (Medal of Honor)

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John Costello
Born 1850
Rouses Point, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Ordinary Seaman
Unit USS Hartford
Awards Medal of Honor

John Costello (born 1850, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born in 1850 in Rouses Point, New York, Costello joined the Navy while living in that state. By July 16, 1876, he was serving as an ordinary seaman on the USS Hartford. On that day, while Hartford was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he rescued a shipmate who was a landsman from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor eleven days later, on July 27.[1]

Costello's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Hartford, Philadelphia, Pa., 16 July 1876. Showing gallantry, Costello rescued from drowning a landsman of that vessel.[1]

Chief Boatswain John Costello[edit]

On 7 November 1888 there was a John Costello who was appointed as a boatswain (warrant officer) in the U.S. Navy. It is possible, but undetermined, if he was the same John Costello who earned the Medal of Honor.[2] He served on the USS Oregon at the time of her historic cruise around Cape Horn during the Spanish–American War.[3]

Boatswain Costello was promoted to chief boatswain on 3 March 1899 and retired from the Navy on 24 May 1902.[4] He died on 31 August 1908 in Wilmington, New York.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ U.S. Navy Register. 1896. pg. 57.
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  4. ^ U.S. Navy Register. 1905. pg. 142–143.
  5. ^ U.S. Navy Register. 1909. pg. 192.

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