Emile Lejeune

For those with a similar name, see Émile Lejeune (disambiguation).
This article is about the 1876 Medal of Honor recipient. For the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, see John A. Lejeune.
Emile Lejeune
Born 1853
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Plymouth
Awards Medal of Honor

Emile Lejeune (born 1853, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

A native of France, Lejeune joined the U.S. Navy from New York.[1] By June 6, 1876, he was serving as a seaman on USS Plymouth commanded by Captain Edward Barrett. On that day, he and other crewmen took Plymouth's steam-powered launch to shore at Port Royal, South Carolina. While there, Lejeune rescued a civilian who had fallen off the Port Royal wharf. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, porposed by Edward Barrett three days later, on June 9.[2]

Lejeune's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Lejeune displayed gallant conduct in rescuing a citizen from drowning at Port Royal, S.C., 6 June 1876.[1]

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  1. 1 2 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  2. Robeson, George M.; Edward Barrett (June 9, 1876). "General Order, No. 212". General orders and circulars issued by the Navy Department. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office (1863–1887): 148–9. Retrieved August 10, 2010.

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