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MATTHEWS, JOSEPH

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

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Captain of the Top U.S.S. Constitution

Conflict

Year of honor

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Interim 1879 Malta

Citation

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