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

John Hayes

Details
  • Rank: Coxswain
  • 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 second captain of the No. 2 gun during the bitter engagement, Hayes exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.

Medal of Honor Recipient John Hayes
Medal of Honor Recipient John Hayes
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 20, 1832, Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Died: January 28, 1911, Blairstown, IA, United States
  • Buried: Pleasant Hill Cemetery (MH), Blairstown, IA, United States
 

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