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

Edward B Young

Details
  • Rank: Coxswain (Highest Rank: Wardroom Steward)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Galena
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Galena during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Securely lashed to the side of the Oneida, which had suffered the loss of her steering apparatus and an explosion of her boiler from enemy fire, the Galena aided the stricken vessel past the enemy forts to safety. Despite heavy damage to his ship from raking enemy fire, Young performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the action.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1835, Bergen, Hudson County, NJ, United States
  • Died: February 24, 1867, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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