Medal of Honor awarded to August Chandron, USS Quinnebaug (1878)
Title: Medal of Honor, August Chandron, USS Quinnebaug (1878)
Accession #: NHHC 1957-2-BM
Size: 2 x 2.5
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
Obverse: Five pointed bronze star tipped with trefoils containing a crown of laurel and oak. In the center is Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and warfare, standing with left hand resting on fasces and right hand holding a shield blazoned with the escutcheon of the United States. She repulses discord, represented by a male figure holding snakes. It is made of solid red brass, oxidized and buffed.
Reverse: inscribed "For Personal Valor / August Chandron / Seamans Apprentice / 2nd Class / USS Quinnebaug / Alexandria Egypt / November 21st / 1885."
Citation for Award: For gallant and heroic conduct while serving on board the USS Quinnebaug, Alexandria, Egypt, on the morning of 21 November 1885. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Chandron, with the aid of Hugh Miller, boatswain's mate, rescued William Evans, ordinary seaman, from drowning.