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James Dougherty (Medal of Honor)

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Years of service  1869 - 1893
Role  Medal of Honor
Name  James Dougherty

Awards  Medal of Honor
Battles/wars  Korean Expedition
Rank  Private
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Born  November 16, 1839 Langhash, Ireland (1839-11-16)
Allegiance  United States of America
Died  November 25, 1897, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Place of burial  Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Battles and wars  United States expedition to Korea
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps

James Dougherty (November 16, 1839 – November 25, 1897) was a U.S. Marine in the 1871 Korean Campaign. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean Expedition, while serving as a private aboard USS Benicia. His Medal of Honor was issued on February 8, 1872, under General Order No. 169. Private Dougherty was one of fifteen United States sailors and Marines who received the Medal of Honor for this little known American military action.


Dougherty enlisted in the Marine Corps from Philadelphia on 31 July 1869, and retired on 22 August 1893. He is buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Section 6, Grave 12374.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born. November 16, 1839, Langhash, Ireland. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 169, February 8, 1872.


On board the USS Benicia, attack on and the capture of the Korean Forts June 11, 1871, for seeking out and killing the commanding officer of the Korean Forces.

Online citation discrepancies

There appears to be some confusion about James Dougherty's Medal of Honor citation. Many online sources quoting Dougherty's citation include significant verbiage identical to that of Seaman John Henry Dorman actions during the American Civil War, to include service on board the USS Carondelet. This may indicate an erroneous early transcription of Dougherty's award citation, which appears immediately after Dorman's in early books listing Medal of Honor recipients, that has subsequently been repeated by various web sites.


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