About James A. Stewart
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal James A. Stewart, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth. Corporal Stewart jumped overboard in the harbor of Villefranche, France, 1 February 1872 and saved Midshipman Osterhaus from drowning.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 180 (October 10, 1872)
Action Date: February 1, 1872
Service: Marine Corps
Division: U.S.S. Plymouth