Seaman John Ortega


Organization: U.S. Navy

Place and date: On board of USS Saratoga, 1864

Entered service at: Pennsylvania

Place of Birth: Spain


Seaman Ortega’s War Department Citation reads as follows:

Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Saratoga during actions of that vessel on 2 occasions. Carrying out his duties courageously during these actions, Ortega conducted himself gallantly through both periods. Promoted to acting master’s mate.

Information on Seaman Ortega and text of citation were obtained from official records made available by the United States Department of Defense.