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Korean Expedition of 1871

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In the Spring of 1871 a survey party from Admiral Rodger's Asiatic Fleet was fired upon by Korean forts on the Salee River.  In response, on June 10th Admiral Rodgers dispatched a force of Navy bluejackets and Marines to attack the forts on Kanghwado Island.  During the 2-day "weekend war", the American forces landed and captured five Korean forts including one called the Citadel.  Fifteen Medals of Honor were awarded for heroism during the period.

John Andrews
Ordinary Seaman
, U.S. Navy

Born:   1821 at York County, PA
Entered Service:   Maryland
Date/Place of Action:  June 09 & 10, 1871 - Aboard Ship, Korea
Unit:   U.S.S. Benicia
Presentation:  Presented on July 09, 1872 - G.O. 176
Date of Death:  Unknown
Buried at:   Unknown
"Stationed at the lead in passing the forts, Andrews stood on the gunwale of the Benecia's launch, lashed to the ridgerope.  He remained unflinching in this dangerous position and gave his soundings with coolness and accuracy."

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