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First Name: Cyrus

Last Name: Hayden

Birthplace: York, ME, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 1843

Rank or Rate: Seaman

Years Served:
Cyrus Hayden

•  Korean Expedition (1871)


Cyrus Hayden
Seaman, U.S. Navy

Cyrus Hayden was born in York, ME, in 1843.

On 11 June 1871, Hayden was a Seaman serving on the USS Colorado during the Korean Expedition.

The U.S. Expedition to Korea in 1871, also known as Sinmiyangyo (Western Disturbance of the Year Sinmi year), was the first American military action in Korea. It took place predominantly on and around the Korean island of Ganghwa. The reason for the presence of the American military expeditionary force in Korea was to support an American diplomatic delegation sent to establish trade and diplomatic relations with Korea and to ascertain the fate of the General Sherman merchant ship.

On 8 February 1872, Cyrus Hayden was a recipient of the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions on 11 June 1871.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Carpenter, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, York, ME. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 169, 8 February 1872.


On board the USS Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Serving as color bearer of the battalion, Hayden planted his flag on the ramparts of the citadel and protected it under a heavy fire from the enemy.

Honoree ID: 3317   Created by: MHOH




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