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

James H Lee

  • Rank: Seaman (Highest Rank: Captain of the Top)
  • 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 as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as sponger of the No. 1 gun, during this bitter engagement, Lee exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1840, NY, United States
  • Died: August 9, 1877, Oswego, NY, United States
  • Buried: The Rural Cemetery, Oswego, NY, United States
  • Location of Medal: American Numismatic Society, New York, NY

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