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

George H Harrison

  • 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
Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger and loader of the 11-inch pivot gun during the bitter engagement, Harrison exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: April 9, 1841, Middleton, Essex County, MA, United States
  • Died: January 18, 1919, Chelsea, MA, United States
  • Buried: Fortdale Cemetery (MH) (24-185), Malden, MA, United States

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