b. 1840 Spain. d. ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/01/1864 USS Saratoga.
Ortega (birth name Juan Ortega) was born in Spain and immigrated to the United States. He became a resident of the City of Pennsylvania. In 1863, he joined the Union Navy stationed in Pennsylvania, his adopted home state.
Ortega was assigned to USS Saratoga during the American Civil War. The Saratoga, commissioned in 1843, was the third ship of the United States Navy christened with that name. It was a sloop-of-war under the command of Commander George Musalas Colvocoresses.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
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