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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Marine Corps

James S. Roantree

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Oneida
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Oneida during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men onboard as the enemy fire raked her decks and penetrated her boilers, Sgt. Roantree performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1835, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: February 24, 1873, Boston, MA, United States
  • Buried: Calvary Cemetery (10E-S-5-5/6), Roslindale, MA, United States
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