John Purnell Chatham

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John P. Chatham
Born (1872-07-02)July 2, 1872
Warchester, Maryland
Died October 3, 1914(1914-10-03) (aged 42)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Gunner's Mate Second Class
Unit USS Newark
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

John Purnell Chatham (July 2, 1872 – October 3, 1914) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Chatham was born July 2, 1872 in Warchester, Maryland, and after entering the navy Chatham was sent to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion. He died October 3, 1914, and is buried in the Parsons Cemetery Salisbury, Maryland.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 2 July 1872, Warchester, Md. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In action with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Chatham distinguished himself by his conduct.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John Purnell Chatham". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  2. ^ "CHATHAM, JOHN PURNELL". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2010-01-03.