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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Marine Corps

Andrew J Tomlin

Details
  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Wabash
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 15, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Fisher, North Carolina, USA
Citation
As corporal of the guard on board the U.S.S. Wabash during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. As one of 200 marines assembled to hold a line of entrenchments in the rear of the fort which the enemy threatened to attack in force following a retreat in panic by more than two-thirds of the assaulting ground forces, Cpl. Tomlin took position in line and remained until morning when relief troops arrived from the fort. When one of his comrades was struck down by enemy fire, he unhesitatingly advanced under a withering fire of musketry into an open plain close to the fort and assisted the wounded man to a place of safety.
Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew J. Tomlin
Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew J. Tomlin
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 15, 1845, Goshen, Cape May County, NJ, United States
  • Died: November 1, 1905
  • Buried: Goshen Methodist Cemetery (MH), Goshen, NJ, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the US Marine Corps, Quantico, VA
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