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John Davis

Date of death: Unknown
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Cedarville
Home of record: Cedarville New Jersey


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 Quarter Gunner John Davis, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S.S. Valley City during action against rebel fort batteries and ships off Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 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, Quarter Gunner 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 11 (April 3, 1863)

Action Date: February 10, 1862

Service: Navy

Rank: Quarter Gunner

Division: U.S.S. Valley City