John James Doran

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John James Doran
Born (1864-07-06)July 6, 1864
Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 16, 1904(1904-02-16) (aged 39)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Place of burial Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River, Massachusetts
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1884–1904
Rank Chief Master-at-Arms
Unit USS Marblehead (C-11)
USS Montgomery (C-9)
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
*Battle of Guantanamo Bay
*Battle of Cienfuegos
*Battle of Fort Cayo del Toro
Awards Medal of Honor

John James Doran (July 6, 1864 – February 16, 1904) was a Boatswain's Mate, 2nd Class[1] in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, enlisted in the Navy February 8, 1884 and served continuously until his death while serving as chief master-at-arms in USS Montgomery (C-9). He received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery and coolness under heavy fire from the enemy while cutting the cables leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898.


Two ships, USS Doran, were named for him. An elementary school in Fall River, Massachusetts is also named for him, as was a former second annex school to the first.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

On board the USS Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Doran set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.


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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.