The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 5
March 1846, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.:
169, 8 February 1872.
On board the U.S.S. Alaska during the attack on and capture of
the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Braving the enemy fire, Purvis was the first to scale the
walls of the fort and capture the flag of the Korean forces.
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