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John Coleman
Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1847-10-09)October 9, 1847
Died November 25, 1897(1897-11-25) (aged 50)
Place of birth County Cork, Ireland
Place of death New York City, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1870 - 1893
Rank Sergeant
Unit USS Colorado
Battles/wars Korean Expedition
Awards Medal of Honor

John Coleman (October 9, 1847 – November 25, 1897) was a United States Marine who received the United States military's highest decoration for bravery—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Korean Expedition. He was Irish-born, and received the Medal for saving the life of Boatswain's Mate Alexander McKenzie while under enemy attack on the USS Colorado.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization. Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: October 9, 1847, Ireland. Accredited to: California. G.O. No. 169, February 8, 1872.


On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.[1]

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