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b. 06/04/1878 Santa Cruz, West Indies.  d. 04/03/1956 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 21/01/1903 USS Leyden.

 

Teytand was born April 6, 1878 in Santa Cruz, West Indies and after immigrating to the United States joined the Navy. He was an apprentice first class stationed aboard the USS Olympia (C-6), a protected cruiser, when it departed Mare Island August 25, 1895 and joined the Asiatic Fleet. The Olympia was designated as the flagship for the fleet upon its arrival and for the next three years Teytand cruised the Far East, visiting Japan, China, and the Philippines. On January 3, 1898 Commodore George Dewey took command of the fleet in anticipation of a pending war with Spain. The fleet waited in Hong Kong through the winter and on April 25, 1898 word was received that the United States declared war with Spain. With this news the squadron moved to Mirs Bay, China.

 

On the morning of May 1, 1898 Commodore Dewey gave the order to enter Manila Bay and confront the Spanish flotilla commanded by Rear Admiral Patricio Montojo. At approximately 05:40, Dewey ordered Olympia's captain to open fire on the Spanish ships and the coastal batteries. Teytand and the other sailors aboard the Olympia fired the first shots of the engagement and continued to engage the Spanish ships until the majority of Pasarón's squadron of ships had been destroyed and then city of Manilla surrendered to Dewey and the American forces. After the defeat of the Spanish forces and the surrender of Manilla the Olympia, Teytand, and the other members of the crew remained in the area and supported the Army by shelling Spanish forces on land.

 

On May 20, 1899, after completing their mission in the Philippines, the Olympia and her crew along with Teytand returned to the Chinese coast. They stayed in China for a month and then they returned to the United States, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea. The ship arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on October 10, 1899.

 

Teytand remained in the navy after the Spanish–American War and on January 21, 1903 he was serving as a quartermaster third class aboard the tugboat USS Leyden. When the Leyden was returning from Puerto Rico it foundered near Block Island in a heavy fog and for his actions during the wreck he received the Medal of Honor December 26, 1903.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For heroism while serving on board the U.S.S. Leyden at the time of the wreck of that vessel, 21 January 1903.

 

BURIAL LOCATION:  MOUNT MORIAH CEMETERY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.

Section 5, Row 4, Grave 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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