b. 06/07/1845 Frankfort, Pennsylvania. d. 27/03/1913 Wisconsin.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/03/1864 Harrisonburg, Louisiana.
Duncan was born in Frankfort Mineral Springs in Pennsylvania on 6 July 1845. Duncan attended Monmouth College with the class of 1866 but did not return to college after leaving to join the civil war fighting for the north. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy. He died on 27 March 1913 and his remains are interred at the Wood National Cemetery in Wisconsin.
Served on board the U.S.S. Fort Hindman during the engagement near Harrisonburg, Louisiana, 2 March 1864. Following a shellburst at one of the guns which started a fire at the cartridge tie, Ordinary Seaman Duncan immediately seized the burning cartridge, took it from the gun and threw it overboard, despite the immediate danger to himself. Carrying out his duties through the entire engagement, Duncan served courageously during this action in which the Fort Hindman was raked severely with shot and shell from the enemy guns.
BURIAL LOCATION: WOOD NATIONAL CEMETERY, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN.
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