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

Michael McCormick

  • Rank: Boatswain's Mate
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Signal
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Red River, Louisiana, USA
Served as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning the fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Serving as gun captain and wounded early in the battle, McCormick bravely stood by his gun in the face of the enemy fire until ordered to withdraw.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1833, Ireland
  • Died: May 19, 1865, Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Buried: Wood National Cemetery (MH), Milwaukee, WI, United States

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