Charles Brown (Medal of Honor)

Charles Brown (1849–?) was a U.S. Marine who received the United States' highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Honor. He was born in New York City, and enlisted in the Marine Corps from Hong Kong in June 1870, aboard the warship USS Ashuelot.[1] His Medal of Honor was approved under General Order No. 169, dated 8 February 1872.[2]

Charles Brown
Aboard USS Colorado in 1871 with a sujagi: (right to left) Cpl Charles Brown, Pvt Hugh Purvis, possibly Cyrus Hayden. Photograph by Felice Beato
New York City, New York, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1870–1871
UnitUSS Colorado
AwardsMedal of Honor

There is no record of Brown having received his medal, as he deserted from the Marine Corps in Shanghai in October 1871, before the medal was approved.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: New York, N.Y. Enlisted at: Hong Kong, China. G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872.


On board the USS Colorado in action against a Korean fort on 11 June 1871. Assisted in capturing the Korean standard in the center of the Citadel of the Korean Fort, June 11, 1871.[3][1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Corporal Charles Brown, USMC (Deceased)". United States Marine Corps Historical Division. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Robeson, George M. (February 8, 1872). "General Order, No. 169". General Orders and Circulars Issued by the Navy Department. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office (1863–1887): 111. Retrieved 2015-01-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Brown, Charles". Medal of Honor recipients — Korean Campaign 1871. United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-10-21.


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