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

George Taylor

  • Also Known As: Johnson, George T.
  • Rank: Armorer
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Lackawanna
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
On board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When an enemy shell exploded in the shellroom, Taylor, although wounded, went into the room and, with his hand, extinguished the fire from the explosion. He then carried out his duties during the remainder of the prolonged action which resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: November 15, 1830, Reddich, England
  • Died: October 7, 1893, Paragould, AR, United States
  • Buried: Linwood Cemetery (1-7-6), Paragould, AR, United States

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