|Place of birth||Ireland|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in 1852 in Ireland, Flannagan immigrated to the United States and joined the Navy from New York. By October 26, 1878, he was serving as a boatswain's mate on the USS Supply. On that day, while Supply was off the coast of Le Havre, France, he rescued Seaman David Walsh from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Flannagan's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Supply, Flannagan rescued from drowning David Walsh, seaman, off Le Havre, France, 26 October 1878.
- ↑ 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. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
- "John Flannagan". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1730. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
- "John Flannagan". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50561368. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
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