John Lafferty

John Lafferty

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John Lafferty or Laverty (1842 – November 13, 1903) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War and is one of only 19 people in history to receive the Medal of Honor twice.


John Lafferty was born in 1842 in New York City, New York.<!--there are various birth years given; 1842; 1845 and 1849; 1849 is given in this article in the second Medal of Honor citation; 1845 is given in the last working external link; any way to verify which is the correct date?-->

His first award was due to his service aboard the . He participated in a plan to destroy the rebel ram in the Roanoke River, May 25, 1864. He earned his second award while serving on board the at Callao Bay, Peru, September 14, 1881.

During his Civil War service he enlisted as John Lafferty, and his first Medal is recorded under this name. However, when he re-enlisted in the Navy, he used John Laverty, which is the name used on his government-issue headstone. He was one of five Wyalusing crew members to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Coal Heaver Charles Baldwin, Fireman Alexander Crawford, Coal Heaver Benjamin Lloyd, and Coxswain John W. Lloyd).

He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where his grave can be found in the Naval Asylum Plot.

Medal of Honor citation

1st Award
Rank and organization: Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, December 31,......
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