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b. ? Cedarville, New Jersey. d. 17/11/1863 Brooklyn, New York.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/02/1862 Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

 

Davis was born in the Cedarville section of Lawrence Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey. He enlisted into the United States Navy from New Jersey. Davis died in the New York City Naval Hospital on 17 November 1863 (possibly due to his injuries) and was buried at an unknown location.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Served on board the U.S.S. Valley City during action against rebel fort batteries and ships off Elizabeth City, N.C., on 10 February 1862. When a shell from the shore penetrated the side and passed through the magazine, exploding outside the screen on the berth deck, several powder division protecting bulkheads were torn to pieces and the forward part of the berth deck set on fire. Showing great presence of mind, Davis courageously covered a barrel of powder with his own body and prevented an explosion, while at the same time passing powder to provide the division on the upper deck while under fierce enemy fire.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: CYPRESS HILLS NATIONAL CEMETERY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

Section 6, Gravesite 12336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Davis (Quarter Gunner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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