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Emile Lejeune
Born 1853
Place of birth France
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Plymouth
Awards Medal of Honor

Emile Lejeune (born 1853, 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.

A native of France, Lejeune joined the U.S. Navy from New York.[1] By June 6, 1876, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Plymouth. On that day, he and other crewmen took Plymouth's steam-powered launch to shore at Port Royal, South Carolina. While there, Lejeune rescued a civilian who had fallen off the Port Royal wharf. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three days later, on June 9.[2]

Lejeune's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Lejeune displayed gallant conduct in rescuing a citizen from drowning at Port Royal, S.C., 6 June 1876.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  2. Robeson, George M.; Edward Barrett (June 9, 1876). "General Order, No. 212". Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. pp. 148–9. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 

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