b. 14/11/1843 Thompsonville, New York. d. 07/02/1926 Potter Hill, Rhode Island.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Born on November 14, 1843, in Thompsonville, New York, Naylor was still living in that state when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a landsman on the USS Oneida. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he supplied gunpowder to one of his ship's Parrott rifles as a powder boy. When his passing box, used to protect the powder as it was being carried, was shot from his hands and fell overboard into a small boat of the USS Galena, Naylor retrieved the box and resumed his duties. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Acting as powder boy at the 30-pounder Parrott rifle, Naylor had his passing box shot from his hands and knocked overboard where it fell in one of the Galena's boats which was under the bow. Jumping overboard, Naylor recovered his box, returned to his station and continued to carry out his courageous actions throughout the engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan.
BURIAL LOCATION: RIVER BEND CEMETERY, WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND.
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