|Alexander Haure Turvelin|
|Place of birth||Russia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in 1847 in Russia, Turvelin immigrated to the United States and by February 1881 was serving as a 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. Turvelin and another sailor, Ordinary Seaman John Davis, jumped into the water and rescued Ohlensen from drowning. For this action, both he and Davis were awarded the Medal of Honor three and a half years later, on October 18, 1884.
Turvelin's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Toulon, France, February 1881, and rescuing from drowning Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- ↑ "National Capital Topics: Naval Intelligence". New York. March 9, 1881. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30F1FFE385A11738DDDA00894DB405B8184F0D3. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- "Alexander Haure Turvelin". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=96. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
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