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John Smith

Birthplace: Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About John Smith

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Captain of the Top John Smith, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action, serving as Captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, Alabama, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Second Captain of the Top Smith fought his gun 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. General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 45 (December 31, 1864)

Action Date: August 5, 1864

Service: Navy

Rank: Second Captain of the Top

Division: U.S.S. Richmond

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John Smith's Timeline

February 17, 1826
Albany, Albany, New York, USA
December 31, 1907
Age 81
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA