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John Russell
Born 1852
Place of birth New York City
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Trenton
Awards Medal of Honor

John Russell (born 1852, 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.

BiographyEdit

Born in 1852 in New York, New York, Russell joined the Navy from that state. By September 21, 1880, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Trenton. On that day, while Trenton was at Genoa, Italy, he and Seaman Philip Moore jumped overboard and rescued Ordinary Seaman Hans Paulsen from drowning. For this action, both Russell and Moore were awarded the Medal of Honor four years later, on October 18, 1884.[1]

Russell's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Genoa, Italy, 21 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning Hans Paulsen, ordinary seaman.[1]

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