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Patrick Murphy

  • Rank: Boatswain's Mate (Highest Rank: Chief Boatswain's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Metacomet
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

Served as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Metacomet during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Murphy performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious two-hour battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.

Medal of Honor Recipient Patrick Murphy
Medal of Honor Recipient Patrick Murphy
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1823, Ireland
  • Died: December 1, 1895, Erie, PA, United States
  • Buried: Trinity Cemetery, Erie, PA, United States
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