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John Handran

Born 1852 in Massachusetts, Handran was awarded the Medal of Honor along with another Massachusetts sailor, Edward Maddin, for rescuing a shipmate who fell from the ship’s lower boom and was swept away by strong tides.

In his letter recommending Handran for the Medal, the ship’s captain wrote that Handran had “displayed the same sort of gallantry on several occasions.”

Citation: For gallant conduct while serving on board the USS Franklin at Lisbon, Portugal, 9 January 1876. Jumping overboard, Handran rescued from drowning one of the crew of that vessel.