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John Coleman
Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1847-10-09)October 9, 1847
County Cork, Ireland
Died November 25, 1897(1897-11-25) (aged 50)
New York City, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1870 - 1893
Rank Sergeant
Unit USS Colorado
Battles/wars Korean Expedition
Awards Medal of Honor

John Coleman (October 9, 1847 – November 25, 1897) was a United States Marine. He received the United States military's highest decoration for bravery. It is called the Medal of Honor. He received it for his actions during the Korean Expedition. He was Irish-born, and received the Medal for saving the life of Boatswain's Mate Alexander McKenzie while under enemy attack on the USS Colorado.

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On board the U.S.S. Colorado in action at Korea on 11 June 1871. Fighting hand-to-hand with the enemy, Coleman succeeded in saving the life of Alexander McKenzie.

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