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b. 1841 England. d. ?

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05-06/03/1865 St Marks, Florida.

 

Born in 1841 in England, Pyne joined the U.S. Navy from the state of New York in 1862. By March 5, 1865, he was serving as a seaman on the USS Magnolia. On that day and the next, he accompanied a Union Army force during the Battle of Natural Bridge near St. Marks, Florida. Although wounded, he helped transport and fire a naval howitzer throughout the engagement under heavy Confederate fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on June 22, 1865. He was one of six sailors to receive the medal for manning artillery pieces during the battle, the others being Landsman John S. Lann, Seaman John Mack, Ordinary Seaman Charles Read, Coxswain George Schutt, and Seaman Thomas Smith.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

As seaman on board the U.S.S. Magnolia, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March 1865. Serving with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks and throughout this fierce engagement, Pyne, although wounded, made remarkable efforts in assisting transport of the gun, and his coolness and determination in courageously standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to the service to which he belonged.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Pyne