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CMOHS.org - Corporal SMITH, WILLARD M., U.S. Marine Corps

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SMITH, WILLARD M.

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
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Born: 1840, Alleghany, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: New York
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SMITH, WILLARD M. Photo
 
Citation

On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats, and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire continued to fall, Cpl. Smith fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee.