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William P. Brownell

Date of birth: July 12, 1839
Date of death: April 26, 1915
Burial location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: New York New York


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 Coxswain William P. Brownell, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action, serving as Coxswain on board the U.S.S. Benton during the attack on Great Gulf Bay, Mississippi, 2 May 1863, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 22 May 1863. Carrying out his duties with coolness and courage, Coxswain Brownell served gallantly against the enemy as Captain of a 9-inch gun in the attacks on Great Gulf and Vicksburg and as a member of the Battery Benton before Vicksburg.

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

Action Date: May 02 & 22, 1863

Service: Navy

Rank: Coxswain

Division: U.S.S. Benton