John Ortega was born in 1840 in Spain. He emigrated to the United States and resided in Pennsylvania. Ortega entered in the U.S. Navy from that state and served on board the Sloop of War Saratoga during the U.S. Civil War. In August and September of 1864, he served twice with landing parties from his ship during the Union blockade. For the courageous and gallant performance of his duties on these occasions, Ortega was awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to the rating of Acting Master's Mate.
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U.S. Navy Medal of Honor
Reverse of a Medal of Honor awarded to Seaman John Ortega, USN, who "conducted himself gallantly" on two occasions, while serving with landing parties from USS Saratoga in August and September of 1864. For his performance in these actions, he was also promoted to rating of Acting Master's Mate.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Medal of Honor citation of Seaman John Ortega, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 42):
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