Walter Elmore

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Walter Elmore
Born 1857
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Landsman
Unit USS Gettysburg
Awards Medal of Honor

Walter Elmore (born 1857, 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 1857 in England, Elmore joined the U.S. Navy from Toulon, France. By October 1, 1878, he was serving as a landsman on the USS Gettysburg. On that day, while Gettysburg was in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria (36°58′N 3°44′E / 36.967°N 3.733°E / 36.967; 3.733), he jumped overboard and saved Landsman Wallace Febrey from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

Elmore's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Gettysburg; for jumping overboard and saving from drowning Wallace Febrey, landsman, while that vessel was under way at sea in latitude 36 degrees 58 minutes north, longitude 3 degrees 44 minutes east, 1 October 1878.[1]

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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 24, 2010. 

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