b. 1835 Dublin, Ireland. d. 24/02/1873 Boston, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Roantree was born in 1835 in Dublin, Ireland. After immigrating to the United States, he enlisted in the Marine Corps from Brooklyn on January 15, 1858. He was assigned to the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Oneida (1861) when it was sent to fight in the American Civil War during the Battle of Mobile Bay. He was discharged in December 1870.
On board the U.S.S. Oneida 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 and penetrated her boilers, Sgt. Roantree performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
BURIAL LOCATION: NEW CALVARY CEMETERY, MATTAPAN, MASSACHUSETTS.
Section 10E, Row 5, Grave 5
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