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

John B Frisbee

  • Rank: Gunner's Mate
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Steam Gunboat Pinola
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 24, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Forts Jackson & St. Philip and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Served on board the U.S. steam gunboat Pinola during action against Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and during the taking of New Orleans, 24 April 1862. While engaged in the bombardment of Fort St. Philip, Frisbee, acting courageously and without personal regard, closed the powder magazine which had been set afire by enemy shelling and shut off his avenue of escape, thereby setting a high example of bravery. He served courageously throughout these engagements which resulted in the taking of the Forts Jackson and St Philip and in the surrender of New Orleans.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: January 7, 1825, Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, ME, United States
  • Died: September 9, 1903, Bath, ME, United States
  • Buried: Fairview Cemetery (MH), Winnegance, ME, United States

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