John Laverty

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Laverty was born in County Tyrone, Ireland back in 1842.  I don’t have any information until he wound up in the United States.  He enlisted in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.  He served as Fireman First Class aboard the USS Wyalusing and the USS Alaska.

Somewhere along the line he was mustered out and re-enlisted in 1881.  When he served in the USS Alaska.  When he re-enlisted he used the name John Lafferty.  He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1903, he was either 60 or 61.

What you may not know about John regardless of his last name is that he was one of only 19 people in the history of the United States Armed Forces to receive the Medal of Honor twice.  I’m going to see about the other 18, so get ready.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

John Lafferty AKA John Laverty-Philadelphia, PA - Medal Of Honor Resting  Places on

Nov 28, 2020 03:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

James Dray - another story of bravery and heroism I previously didn't know.  While there may be 18 other double Medal of Honor recipients, you have shared so many more stories that continue to enlighten us here on a regular basis.  Thank you for that.  

Nov 28, 2020 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love reading about the brave defenders of our country James Dray . The Marines slogan "The FEW, the proud and the brave" has always been true. Thank God for the few.

Nov 28, 2020 05:06 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like we are going to receive a heavy dose of medals of honor in the coming days, haha.

Nov 28, 2020 05:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John can go by whatever name he wants given his selfless contribution. Enjoy your day!

Nov 28, 2020 05:08 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A good old Irishman!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 28, 2020 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... these men who earned the Medal of Honor twice are in a league of their own.

Nov 28, 2020 05:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - yes, we would like to hear about the others.

Nov 28, 2020 05:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As you know, I have met several medal honor recipients, and what I recently learned is that Tiffany's designed the medal and the collar.  A

Nov 28, 2020 06:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Nov 28, 2020 09:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  to have 2 is wow, what can I say.  Thanks for sharing these stories with us.


Nov 28, 2020 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- there's something so special about a Medal of Honor winner. Larry were fortunate enough to sit behind a few at the Memorial Day service at Arlington. 

Nov 28, 2020 11:00 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I particularly like it when a Medal of Honor recipient is alive to receive this honor.  Have you ever found one of these special people to be anything but overly humble?  

Nov 28, 2020 12:42 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing this story of the distinguished John Laverty - a member of a very elite group.

Nov 28, 2020 02:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can't believe someone is that brave to be rewarded with two medal of honors. 

Happy Saturday afternoon James Dray 

Nov 28, 2020 04:47 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Bring it, James Dray show us who those other honorees were as well

Nov 28, 2020 06:00 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

wow, a double medal of honor. Definitely in a class of his own.

Nov 29, 2020 06:31 AM
James Dray

The very few

Nov 29, 2020 11:04 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I can’t help but wonder why John Laverty was awarded the Medal of Honor…and, not once, but twice!

Mar 13, 2021 09:03 AM

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