16 November 2008

Medal of Honor: J. F. Mackie


Corporal, US Marine Corps; USS Galena

Born: 1 October 1835, New York, New York
Died: 18 June 1910, Pennsylvania

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Galena in the attack on Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, James River, on 15 May 1862. As enemy shellfire raked the deck of his ship, Corporal Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire against the rifle pits along the shore and, when ordered to fill vacancies at guns caused by men wounded and killed in action, manned the weapon with skill and courage.

Note: This was the first Medal of Honor awarded to a US Marine.

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