04 May 2008

Medal of Honor: R. A. Sweeney


Ordinary Seaman, US Navy; USS Kearsarge and USS Jamestown

Born: 1853, Montreal, Canada
Died: 19 December 1890

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.

Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, at the Navy Yard New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel.

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