b. 1839 Ephrata, Pennsylvania. d. 1900 Garretson, South Dakota.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13-15/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Fry enlisted in the Marine Corps from Philadelphia in September 1862 and was assigned to the Union sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1862). On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Sgt. Fry was a member of the storming party. He was honorably discharged in September 1866.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Orderly Sergeant Isaac N. Fry, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA during attacks on Fort Fisher, 13 to 15 January 1865. As orderly sergeant of Marine guard, and captain of a gun, Orderly Sergeant Fry performed his duties with skill and courage as the TICONDEROGA maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phases of the three-day battle, and thereafter, as she considerably lessened the firing power of guns on the mount which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.
BURIAL LOCATION: SUMMIT HILL CEMETERY, GARRETSON, SOUTH DAKOTA.
Plot: Block 1, Lot 2, Row 8, Grave 5/6