John Laver Mather Cooper
|John Laver Mather Cooper|
|Born||July 24, 1828|
|Died||August 22, 1891(aged 63)|
|Place of burial||Cypress Hills National Cemetery,|
Brooklyn, New York
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1845 - 1866|
|Unit||USS Brooklyn (1858)|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
*Battle of Mobile Bay
|Awards||Medal of Honor (2)|
John Cooper (July 24, 1828 – August 22, 1891) (born as John Laver Mather Cooper) was a member of the United States Navy. He is one of only nineteen people who have received the Medal of Honor twice and one of only fourteen to receive the Medal of Honor for two distinct events.
His first such award came about because of his actions aboard the USS Brooklyn (1858) during the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The second award was a result of an accidental fire in which Cooper advanced through the burning area in order to rescue a wounded man from certain death on April 26, 1865.
Medal of Honor citations
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1832, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864. Second award.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Cooper fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
G.O. No.: 62, June 29, 1865.
Served as quartermaster on Acting Rear Admiral Thatcher's staff. During the terrific fire at Mobile, on 26 April 1865, at the risk of being blown to pieces by exploding shells, Cooper advanced through the burning locality, rescued a wounded man from certain death, and bore him on his back to a place of safety.
- "John Laver Mather Cooper". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "history.navy.mil: List of Navy Medal of Honor recipients from 1861-65". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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