John F. Bickford
|John F. Bickford|
March 12, 1843|
|Died||April 28, 1927(aged 84)|
|Place of burial||Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Navy
|Years of service||1862 - 1865|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Cherbourg (1864)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Bickford was born in Tremont, Maine, and joined the Navy from Boston, Massachusetts in January 1862. He rose to the rank of captain of the top (roughly equivalent to the modern day rank of petty officer) and was assigned to the USS Kearsarge. He participated in the Kearsarge's historic engagement with the CSS Alabama on June 19, 1864. Bickford later received the Medal of Honor for heroism during this battle.
He was a companion of the Naval Order of the United States.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Tremont, Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement Bickford exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.
- Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War
- Gaines, Nancy (July 3, 2011). "'Mustering' for the Civil War, 150 years ago". Gloucester Daily Times. Gloucester, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012.
- "John F. Bickford". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- "Survivors of the U.S.S. Kearsarge". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "Grave of John F. Bickford". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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