b. 29/09/1850 England. d. 03/06/1948 Burbank, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/04/1872 Greytown, Nicaragua.
Born on September 29, 1850, in England, Denham immigrated to the United States at age 12. He lived in New York City and enlisted in the Navy as soon as he was old enough. By April 12, 1872, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Kansas. On that day, he helped rescue several men who were in danger of drowning after their boat capsized in heavy surf. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on July 9, 1872.
On board the U.S.S. Kansas near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872. Displaying great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, Denham, by heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.
BURIAL LOCATION: CALVARY CEMETERY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
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LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.