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

James Haley

  • Also Known As: Healey, James
  • Rank: Captain of the Forecastle
  • 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 captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of a gun during the bitter engagement, Haley exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly commended by his division officer for his gallantry and meritorious achievement under enemy fire.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 27, 1865
    Received onboard U.S.S. Connecticut
  • Born: 1824, County Cork, Ireland
  • Died: November 27, 1880, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA, United States

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