William Gardner (sailor)

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William Gardner
William Gardner Medal of Honor.jpg
Reverse of Gardner's Medal of Honor
Born 1832
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Ship's Cook
Unit USS Galena
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

William Gardner (born 1832, 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 Mobile Bay.


Born in 1832 in Ireland, Gardner 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 seaman on the USS Galena. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he "behaved with conspicuous coolness" despite heavy fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.[1][2] He later obtained the rank of ship's cook.[3]

Gardner's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

As seaman on board the U.S.S. Galena in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving gallantly during this fierce battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan. Gardner behaved with conspicuous coolness under the fire of the enemy.[2]


  1. ^ "William Gardner". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ship's Cook William Gardner, USN, (Born in 1832)". Online Library of Selected Images. Naval History & Heritage Command. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2012.