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Richard Binder

  • Also Known As: Bigle, Richard
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Ticonderoga
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 13 - 15, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Fisher, North Carolina, USA
On board the U.S.S. Ticonderoga during the attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864 and 13 to 15 January 1865. Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed eight men and wounded 12 more, Sgt. Binder, as captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first two days of battle. As his ship again took position on the 13th, he remained steadfast on the Ticonderoga, maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries onshore, and thereafter, as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard Binder
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard Binder
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 26, 1839, Germany
  • Died: February 26, 1912, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery (PM) (Norriton-48-2), Bala-Cynwyd, PA, United States

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