About Osborn W. Deignan
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 24 February 1873, Sheart, lowa. Accredited To: Iowa. G.O. No.: 529, 2 November 1899.
In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, 2 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries, Deignan displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.