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James Horton (Medal of Honor)

James Horton (born 1850) was a sailor serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

James Horton
Boston, Massachusetts
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankCaptain of the Top
UnitUSS Constitution
AwardsMedal of Honor


Horton was born in 1850 in Boston, Massachusetts and after joining the Navy was stationed aboard the USS Constitution as captain of the top. On February 13, 1879 he risked his life along with two other sailors to repair the ship's rudder during a storm. Horton was lowered over the stern of the ship and cut the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains, allowing the rudder itself to be repaired. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1850, Boston, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, Horton showed courageous conduct in going over the stern during a heavy gale and cutting the fastenings of the ship's rudder chains.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Interim Awards, 1871-98; Horton, James entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  2. ^ "Constitution". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. February 8, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2010.

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