b. 1841 Downingtown, Pennsylvania. d. 22/08/1866 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 14/03/1863 Port Hudson, Mississippi.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Civil War as a United States Marine Corps, having enlisted on October 31, 1860, and rising to Sergeant. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Port Hudson, Mississippi on March 14, 1863. His Medal was awarded on July 10, 1863. After the war he was employed as a brakeman in Philadelphia, and was killed in a trolley car accident.
Serving on board the USS Mississippi during her abandonment and firing in the action with the Port Hudson batteries, March 14, 1863. During the abandonment of the Mississippi which had to be grounded, Sergeant Vaughn rendered invaluable assistance to his commanding officer, remaining with the ship until all the crew had landed and the ship had been fired to prevent its falling into enemy hands. Persistent until the last, and conspicuously cool under the heavy shellfire, Sergeant Vaughn was finally ordered to save himself as he saw fit.
BURIAL LOCATION: LAUREL HILL CEMETERY, PHILADELPHIA. PENNSYLVANIA.
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