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HAYDEN, JOHN

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On board the U.S. training ship Saratoga. On the morning of 15 July 1879, while the Saratoga was anchored off The Battery, in New York Harbor, R.L. Robey, apprentice, fell overboard. As the tide was running strong ebb, the man, not being an expert swimmer, was in danger of drowning. David M. Buchanan, apprentice, instantly, without removing any of his clothing, jumped after him. Stripping himself, Hayden stood coolly watching the two in the water, and when he thought his services were required, he made a dive from the rail and came up alongside them and rendered assistance until all three were picked up by a boat from the ship.

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Service

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Division

U.S. Navy Apprentice U.S. Training Ship Saratoga

Conflict

Year of honor

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Interim 1879 Washington, D.C.

Citation

On board the U.S. training ship Saratoga. On the morning of 15 July 1879, while the Saratoga was anchored off The Battery, in New York Harbor, R.L. Robey, apprentice, fell overboard. As the tide was running strong ebb, the man, not being an expert swimmer, was in danger of drowning. David M. Buchanan, apprentice, instantly, without removing any of his clothing, jumped after him. Stripping himself, Hayden stood coolly watching the two in the water, and when he thought his services were required, he made a dive from the rail and came up alongside them and rendered assistance until all three were picked up by a boat from the ship.