Nearly Forgotten, A Sailor’s Heroics Are Now Forever Etched in Stone

Joseph Benjamin Noil’s headstone is corrected and his Medal of Honor acknowledged at long last.
When Joseph Benjamin Noil started to lose his mind, it was agreed that the best place for him was the Government Hospital for the Insane in Washington, D.C. That’s where the Navy sailor went on June 3, 1881. “Paralysis” was the vague diagnosis. Today we might call it post-traumatic stress disorder. Noil did little more than stare into the distance.
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