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

Franklin L Wilcox

  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Minnesota
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 15, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Fisher, North Carolina, USA
On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Wilcox advanced to the top of the sandhill and partly through the breach in the palisades, despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors.,Grand Rapids (Soldier's Home)
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: November 1830, Paris, Oneida County, NY, United States
  • Died: November 16, 1898, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
  • Buried: Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery (2-7-9), Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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