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Michael Deneef

Born in 1851 in Massachusetts, Deneef joined the Navy as an apprentice boy. As captain of the top on the USS Swatara, he jumped overboard to rescue a shipmate who was drowning when the ship’s dinghy began to sink.

Citation: On board the USS Swatara at Para, Brazil, 1 December 1875. Displaying gallant conduct, Deneef jumped overboard and rescued one of the crew of that vessel from drowning.