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

John Brazell

  • Rank: Quartermaster (Highest Rank: Chief Quartermaster)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Richmond
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Served on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the action at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, where he was recommended for coolness and good conduct as a gun captain during that engagement, which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the destruction of Fort Morgan. Brazell served gallantly throughout the actions with Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the Chalmettes, batteries below Vicksburg, and was present at the surrender of New Orleans while on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1837, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, United States
  • Died: August 12, 1866, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC

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