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John S. Darrough

Born: Apr 6, 1841

Death: Aug 14, 1920

Birthplace: Maysville

Nationality: United States

John S. Darrough

Date of Birth : Apr 6, 1841
Date of Death : Aug 14, 1920
Birth Place : Maysville

John Samuel Darrough was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a skirmish near Eastport, Mississippi. Born in Kentucky, Darrough moved to Illinois as a child and enlisted in the Union Army from that state. While participating in a mission to destroy a Confederate railway, Darrough and others were stranded on the shore of the Tennessee River under intense enemy fire. Although he had found a canoe with which to cross the river safely, he voluntarily returned to the Confederate-held shore to rescue a fellow soldier who was in danger of drowning.

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