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

James E Sterling

Details
  • Rank: Coal Heaver
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Brooklyn
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although wounded when heavy enemy return-fire raked the decks of his ship, Sterling courageously remained at his post and continued passing shell until struck down a second time and completely disabled.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1838, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
  • Died: December 12, 1900, Baltimore, MD, United States
  • Buried: Western Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, United States
 

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