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

John F Bickford

Details
  • Rank: Captain of the Top (Highest Rank: Master's Mate)
  • 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
Citation

Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 12, 1843, Tremont, Hancock County, ME, United States
  • Died: April 28, 1927, Glouchester, MA, United States
  • Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery (MH), Glouchester, MA, United States
 

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