The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Watertender, U.S. Navy. Born:
1861, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 482, 1 November 1897.
On board the U.S.S. Puritan at the time of the
collapse of one of the crown sheets of boiler E of that vessel, 1 July 1897. Wrapped in
wet cloths to protect his face and arms, Ahern entered the fireroom, crawled over the tops
of the boilers and closed the auxiliary stop valve, disconnecting boiler E and removing
the danger of disabling the other boilers.
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