|Place of birth||Netherlands|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in 1858 in the Netherlands, Osepins immigrated to the United States and joined the Navy from New York. By May 7, 1882, he was serving as a Seaman on the USS Fortune. On that day, while Fortune was at Hampton Roads, Virginia, he and another sailor, Ordinary Seaman Johannes Rouning, jumped overboard and rescued Gunner's Mate James Walters from drowning.
For this action, both Osepins and Rouning were awarded the Medal of Honor two and a half years later, on October 18, 1884. Osepins had not claimed his medal as of 1898, and the decoration remained in the possession of the Navy Department.
Osepins's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For jumping overboard from the U.S. Tug Fortune, 7 May 1882, at Hampton Roads, Va., and rescuing from drowning James Walters, gunner's mate.
- ↑ 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 7, 2010.
- ↑ "Medals awaiting owners". New York. February 7, 1898. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0A17F73B5D11738DDDAE0894DA405B8885F0D3. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- "Christian Osepins". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=487. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- "Christian Osepins". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56970616. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
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