Daniel Lakin

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Daniel Lakin
US Navy Medal of Honor (1862 original).png
The US Navy Medal of Honor as would have been awarded to Seaman Lakin in 1863[1]
Born 1834
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Allegiance United States (Union)
Service/branch Union Navy
Rank Ensign
Unit USS Commodore Perry
Battles/wars American Civil War
  Joint Expedition Against Franklin
Awards Medal of Honor

Daniel Lakin (born 1834 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American sailor who served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. For his actions at the Joint Expedition Against Franklin while serving aboard the USS Commodore Perry, Lakin was promoted from seaman to master's mate [2][3] and received the Medal of Honor on 3 April 1863.[4] The citation therefore reads:

On board the U.S.S. Commodore Perry in the attack upon Franklin, Va., 3 October 1862. With enemy fire raking the deck of his ship and blockades thwarting her progress, Lakin remained at his post and performed his duties with skill and courage as the Commodore Perry fought a gallant battle to silence many rebel batteries as she steamed down the Blackwater River.[4]

Lakin enlisted in the Navy from New York in October 1861,[5] and was discharged with the rank of Ensign in September 1865.[6]

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