John Davis (Medal of Honor, 1881)
|Died||August 19, 1903 (aged 48–49)|
|Place of burial||Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in 1854 in Kingston, Jamaica, Davis immigrated to the United States and by February 1881 was serving as an ordinary seaman on the USS Trenton. Sometime during that month, while Trenton was at Toulon, France, Coxswain Augustus Ohlensen fell overboard and, because he could not swim, began to sink. Davis and another sailor, Seaman Alexander Haure Turvelin, jumped into the water and rescued Ohlensen from drowning. For this action, both he and Turvelin were awarded the Medal of Honor three and a half years later, on October 18, 1884.
Davis' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Trenton, Toulon, France, February 1881. Jumping overboard, Davis rescued Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain, from drowning.
- List of African-American Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Medal of Honor recipients during peacetime
- "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- "National Capital Topics: Naval Intelligence". The New York Times (New York). March 9, 1881. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- "John Davis". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. September 24, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
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