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John Osborne
Born 1844
Died April 23, 1920 (aged 75–76)
Place of birth New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Juniata
Awards Medal of Honor

John Osborne (1844 – April 23, 1920) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born in 1844 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Osborne joined the Navy from that state. By August 21, 1876, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Juniata. On that day, while Juniata was at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he rescued a young shipmate from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three days later, on August 24.[1]

Osborne's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Juniata, Osborne displayed gallant conduct in rescuing from drowning an enlisted boy of that vessel, at Philadelphia, Pa., 21 August 1876.[1]

Osborne left the Navy while still at the rank of seaman. He died on April 23, 1920, at age 75 or 76 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia.[2]

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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 19, 2010. 
  2. "John Osborne". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. September 5, 2003. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 

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