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CMOHS.org - Coal Heaver O'CONNELL, THOMAS, U.S. Navy

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O'CONNELL, THOMAS

Rank: Coal Heaver
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1842, Ireland
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: New York
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O'CONNELL, THOMAS Photo
 
Citation

On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. Although a patient in the sick bay, O'Connell voluntarily reported at his station at the shell whip and continued to perform his duties with zeal and courage until his right hand was severed by an enemy shellburst.