After landing on June 10, 1871 the Marines and bluejackets quickly captured the first fort without incident.  The following day they captured the second large fort, again without incident as it had been abandoned.

The force then moved on towards the largest fort called THE CITADEL, to which the Koreans had withdrawn for a gallant stand against the American landing party.  After heavy shelling from the USS Monocacy from the Salee River, the Marines and bluejackets assaulted the position.  First to scale the wall was the commander of Company D, Naval Lieutenant Hugh McKee.  

Killed almost instantly in hand-to-hand combat as he was swarmed inside the fort, three Navy bluejackets fought bravely at his side.  All three were wounded, but were subsequently awarded Medals of Honor for their valor.  (As an OFFICER, Lt. McKee was NOT eligible for the Medal of Honor under the guidelines of his day.)

Alexander McKenzie
Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy

Born:   1837 at Glasgow, Scotland
Entered Service:    New York, NY
Date/Place of Action:  June 11, 1871 - Citadel, Korea
Unit:  U.S.S. Colorado
  Presented on February 08, 1872 - G.O. 169
Date of Death:  Unknown
Buried at:  Unknown
"Fighting at the side of Lt. McKee during this action, McKenzie was struck by a sword and received a severe cut in the head from the blow."

 Samuel F. Rogers
Quartermaster, U.S. Navy

Born:  1845 at Buffalo, NY
Entered Service:    New York, NY
Date/Place of Action:  June 11, 1871 - Citadel, Korea
Unit:  U.S.S. Colorado
Presentation:  Presented on February 08, 1872 - G.O. 169
Date of Death:   November 01, 1905
Buried at:   Forest Homes Cemetery - Forest Park, IL
"Fighting courageously at the side of Lt. McKee during this action, Rogers was wounded by the enemy.

William Troy
Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy

Born:   1848 at Boston, MA
Entered Service:   Massachusetts
Date/Place of Action:  June 11, 1871 - Citadel, Korea
Unit:   U.S.S. Colorado
Presentation:  Presented on February 08, 1872 - G.O. 169
Date of Death:  March 08, 1907
Buried at:   Stockton State Hospital Cemetery - Stockton, CA
"Fighting at the side of Lt. McKee, by whom he was especially commended, Troy was badly wounded by the enemy.

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