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Interim 1865 - 1870 - U.S. Navy

John Cooper

  • Also Known As: Mather, John Laver
  • Rank: Quartermaster
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1865 - 1870
  • Unit/Command:
    on Acting Rear Adm. Thatcher's staff,
    U.S.S. Stockdale
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 26, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Second Award: Served as quartermaster on Acting Rear Adm. Thatcher's staff. During the terrific fire at Mobile, on 26 April 1865, at the risk of being blown to pieces by exploding shells, Cooper advanced through the burning locality, rescued a wounded man from certain death, and bore him on his back to a place of safety.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 24, 1828, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: August 22, 1891
  • Buried: Cypress Hills National Cemetery (MH) (2-5022), Brooklyn, NY, United States
From the CMOHS Archives

John L. Cooper's birth name was John Laver Mather. He changed his last name to "Cooper" when he enlisted.


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