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BICKFORD, JOHN

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Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Captain of the Top (highest rank: Master's Mate) U.S.S. Kearsarge

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1864 Tremont, Maine

Citation

Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.