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James Benson (Medal of Honor)

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Name  James Benson
Role  Medal of Honor
Rank  Seaman
Died  August 4, 1890
Awards  Medal of Honor

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Place of burial  Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts

Service/branch  United States Navy
Allegiance  United States of America

James Benson (1845 – August 4, 1890) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


A native of Denmark, Benson joined the U.S. Navy from Yokohama, Japan. By June 20, 1872, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Ossipee. On that day, he jumped overboard and attempted to rescue Landsman John K. Smith from drowning. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on October 10.

Benson's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Ossipee, 20 June 1872. Risking his life, Benson leaped into the sea while the ship was going at a speed of 4 knots and endeavored to save John K. Smith, landsman, of the same vessel, from drowning.

Benson left the Navy while still a seaman. He died on August 4, 1890, at age 44 or 45 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts.


James Benson (Medal of Honor) Wikipedia

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