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

William P Brownell

  • Rank: Coxswain (Highest Rank: Acting Master's Mate)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Benton
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 22, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Great Gulf Bay & Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Benton during the attack on Great Gulf Bay, 2 May 1863, and Vicksburg, 22 May 1863. Carrying out his duties with coolness and courage, Brownell served gallantly against the enemy as captain of a 9-inch gun in the attacks on Great Gulf and Vicksburg and as a member of the Battery Benton before Vicksburg.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 12, 1839, NY, United States
  • Died: April 26, 1915, New York, NY, United States
  • Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery (MH) (GG-31), New Bedford, MA, United States

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