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

John Freeman Mackie

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Orderly Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Galena
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 15, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, USA
On board the U.S.S. Galena in the attack on Fort Darling, at Drewry's Bluff, James River, on 15 May 1862. As enemy shellfire raked the deck of his ship, Cpl. Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire against the rifle pits along the shore and, when ordered to fill vacancies at guns caused by men wounded and killed in action, manned the weapon with skill and courage.
Medal of Honor Recipient John F. Mackie
Medal of Honor Recipient John F. Mackie
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: Texas, off Sabine pass, on board the U.S.S. Seminole
  • Born: October 1, 1835, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: June 18, 1910
  • Buried: Arlington Cemetery (Melrose-606-2), Drexel Hill, PA, United States

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