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John Harris
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Born: 1839
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Captain of the Forecastle
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Unit: USS Metacomet
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards: Medal of Honor
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John Harris, Captain of the Forecastle, was an officer in the United States Navy who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service on the USS Metacomet in Mobile Bay during the American Civil War.

On August 5, 1864, the Metacomet was part of a Union flotilla, led by Admiral David Farragut, which penetrated Confederate defenses and sealed the Southern port at Mobile Bay. The crew of the Metacomet rescued the crew of the USS Tecumseh when the Tecumseh was struck by a Confederate torpedo.

Medal of Honor citation[]

As captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Metacomet, Harris was a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the officers and crew of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864 Harris braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, thereby eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients