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LAFFERTY, JOHN

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First Award Served on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participated in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Abemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, Lafferty participated in the transfer of two torpedoes across an island swamp and then served as sentry to keep guard of clothes and arms left by other members of the party. After being rejoined by others of the party who had been discovered before the plan could be completed, Lafferty succeeded in returning to the mother ship after spending 24 hours of discomfort in the rain and swamp.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Fireman U.S.S. Wyalusing

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1864 New York, New York

Citation

First Award Served on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participated in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Abemarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, Lafferty participated in the transfer of two torpedoes across an island swamp and then served as sentry to keep guard of clothes and arms left by other members of the party. After being rejoined by others of the party who had been discovered before the plan could be completed, Lafferty succeeded in returning to the mother ship after spending 24 hours of discomfort in the rain and swamp.