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CMOHS.org - First Class Fireman RUSH, JOHN, U.S. Navy

Recipient Detail

 

RUSH, JOHN

Rank: First Class Fireman
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1835, Washington, D.C.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 17
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Accredited To: District of Columbia
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Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6_inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety_valve chamber and also damaged the port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately became filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, Rush persisted in penetrating the steam_filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces, and continued this action until the gravity of the situation had been lessened.