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James K. L. Duncan

Date of birth: July 6, 1845
Date of death: March 27, 1913
Burial location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Frankfort Mineral Springs
Home of record: Frankfort Mineral Springs Pennsylvania


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Ordinary Seaman James K. L. Duncan, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Fort Hindman during the engagement near Harrisonburg, Louisiana, 2 March 1864. Following a shellburst at one of the guns which started a fire at the cartridge tie, Ordinary Seaman Duncan immediately seized the burning cartridge, took it from the gun and threw it overboard, despite the immediate danger to himself. Carrying out his duties through the entire engagement, Duncan served courageously during this action in which the Fort Hindman was raked severely with shot and shell from the enemy guns.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 32 (April 16, 1864)

Action Date: March 2, 1864

Service: Navy

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Division: U.S.S. Fort Hindman