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John Francis De Swan
Born (1876-01-13)January 13, 1876
Died January 17, 1956(1956-01-17) (aged 80)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of burial Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Francis DeSwan (January 13, 1876 – December 1, 1956) was a private serving in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


De Swan was born January 13, 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and entered the army from the city of his birth. He was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War with Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry as a private where he received the Medal of Honor for his actions.[1]

He died December 1, 1956 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, California.[2] His grave can be found in section R, grave 195-A.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Santiago, Cuba, 1 July 1898. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of issue: 22 June 1899.


Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and under heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; De Swan, John F.". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "John F. De Swan". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. July 13, 2001. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 

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