The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born:
1845, Denmark. Enlisted at: Yokohama, Japan. G.O. No.: 180, 10 October 1872.
On board the U.S.S. Ossipee, 20 June 1872. Risking his
life, Benson leaped into the sea while the ship was going at a speed of 4 knots and
endeavored to save John K. Smith, landsman, of the same vessel, from drowning.
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