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

George E Read

Details
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Kearsarge
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 19, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off Cherbourg, France
Citation
Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Read exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Rhode Island
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1838, RI, United States
  • Died: 1910
  • Buried: Little Neck Cemetery (MH), Riverside, RI, United States
 

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