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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 1850 Boston, Massachusetts.  d. ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/02/1879 at sea on USS Constitution.

 

Horton was born in 1850 in Boston, Massachusetts and after joining the Navy was stationed aboard the USS Constitution as captain of the top. On February 13, 1879 he risked his life along with two other sailors to repair the ship's rudder during a storm. Horton was lowered over the stern of the ship and cut the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains, allowing the rudder itself to be repaired. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Serving on board the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, Horton showed courageous conduct in going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

James Horton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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