John Coleman (Medal of Honor)

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John Coleman
Medal of Honor recipient
Born(1847-10-09)October 9, 1847
County Cork, Ireland
DiedNovember 25, 1897(1897-11-25) (aged 50)
New York City, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1870 - 1893
UnitUSS Colorado
Battles/warsKorean Expedition
AwardsMedal of Honor

John Coleman (October 9, 1846 – October 30, 1904) was a United States Marine. He received the United States military's highest decoration for bravery. It is called the Medal of Honor. He received it for his actions during the Korean Expedition. He was Irish-born, and received the Medal for saving the life of Boatswain's Mate Alexander McKenzie while under enemy attack on the USS Colorado. His death was the result of a electric tram car accident in San Diego, California. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego with a headstone depicting his Civil War service. A new marker proudly displaying his the symbol of the Medal of Honor was placed in the Spring of 2018 courtesy of the Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States.

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On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  1. "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2013.