Thomas Flood (Medal of Honor)

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Thomas S. Flood
Born 1840
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Cabin boy
Unit USS Pensacola
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas S. Flood (born 1840, date of death unknown) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip.

Born in 1840 in Ireland, Flood immigrated to the United States and was living in New York when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served during the Civil War as a cabin boy on the USS Pensacola. At the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip near New Orleans on April 24–25, 1862, he stood on Pensacola's bridge and acted as an aide to the executive officer, F.A. Roe. An artillery shell struck nearby, knocking Flood off the bridge onto the deck below and removing the leg of Signal Quartermaster Murry. Flood helped Murry below decks to the surgeon, then returned to the bridge and took over the man's duties. In his report of the battle, Roe praised Flood's actions and suggested he be appointed a midshipman. For his part in the battle, Flood was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later on April 3, 1863.[1][2][3]

Flood's official Medal of Honor citation follows. The quote at the end of the citation is from Roe's after action report.[3]

Served on board the U.S.S. Pensacola in the attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and at the taking of new Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. Swept from the bridge by a shell which wounded the signal quartermaster, Flood returned to the bridge after assisting the wounded man below and taking over his duties, "performed them with coolness, exactitude and the fidelity of a veteran seaman. His intelligence and character cannot be spoken of too warmly."[2]