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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy

Charles Asten

  • Also Known As: Asten, Michael
  • Rank: Quarter Gunner
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Signal
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Red River, Louisiana, USA
Served on board the U.S.S. Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning their fire until the Federal ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Although on the sick list, Q.G. Asten courageously carried out his duties during the entire engagement.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1834, Halifax, Canada
  • Died: September 14, 1885, Providence, RI, United States
  • Buried: St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI, United States

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