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

Samuel W Davis

Details
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Brooklyn
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked the decks from stem to stern, Davis exercised extreme courage and vigilance while acting as a lookout for torpedoes and other obstructions throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1845, Brewer, Penobscot County, ME, United States
  • Died: May 5, 1914, Boston, MA, United States
  • Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer, ME, United States
  • Location of Medal: Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
 

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