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Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Stories of Sacrifice
U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy
Rank: Captain of the Top
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
Served as captain of the top on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the No. 1 gun, Strahan carried out his duties in the face of heavy enemy fire and exhibited marked coolness and good conduct throughout the engagement. Strahan was highly recommended by his division officer for his gallantry and meritorious achievements.
Accredited to: New Jersey
Awarded Posthumously: No
Born: 1836, NJ, United States
Location of Medal:
Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC