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MURPHY, JOHN

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In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, 3 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish shore batteries, Murphy displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Coxswain U.S.S. Merrimac assigned to the U.S.S. Iowa

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Spanish American 1898 Ireland

Citation

In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, 3 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish shore batteries, Murphy displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.