About John Woon
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boatswain's Mate John Woon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, Mississippi River, 29 April 1863. Engaging the enemy batteries at Grand Gulf, the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, although severely damaged and suffering many personnel casualties, continued to fire her batteries until ordered to withdraw. Taking part in a similar action after nightfall, the U.S.S. Pittsburgh received further damage, but receiving no personnel causalities in the latter action. Boatswain's Mate Woon showed courage and devotion to duty throughout these bitter engagements.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 17 (July 10, 1863)
Action Date: April 29, 1863
Rank: Boatswain's Mate
Division: U.S.S. Pittsburgh