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O'CONNELL, THOMAS

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On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although a patient in the sick bay, O'Connell voluntarily reported at his station at the shell whip and continued to perform his duties with zeal and courage until his right hand was severed by an enemy shellburst.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Coal Heaver U.S.S. Hartford

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1864 Ireland

Citation

On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although a patient in the sick bay, O'Connell voluntarily reported at his station at the shell whip and continued to perform his duties with zeal and courage until his right hand was severed by an enemy shellburst.