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MURPHY, PATRICK

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Served as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Metacomet during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Murphy performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious two-hour battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate (highest rank: Chief Boatswain's Mate) U.S.S. Metacomet

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1864 Ireland

Citation

Served as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Metacomet during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Murphy performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious two-hour battle, which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.