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CMOHS.org - Coal Heaver STERLING, JAMES E., U.S. Navy

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STERLING, JAMES E.

Rank: Coal Heaver
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1838, Maine
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: Maine
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STERLING, JAMES E. Photo
 
Citation

On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Although wounded when heavy enemy return fire raked the decks of his ship, Sterling courageously remained at his post and continued passing shell until struck down a second time and completely disabled.