b. 1841 Ireland. d. 26/05/1885 Maine.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
He was born in Ireland and entered the Union Navy at Boston, Massachusetts. His rank was Landsman.
Served on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Severely wounded, Preston remained at his gun throughout the engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan, carrying on until obliged to go to the surgeon to whom he reported himself as "only slightly injured." He then assisted in taking care of the wounded below and wanted to be allowed to return to his battle station on deck. Upon close examination it was found that he was wounded quite severely in both eyes.
BURIAL LOCATION: TOGUS NATIONAL CEMETERY, TOGUS, MAINE.
Section C, Site 3955, West Side
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