of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Entered Service
At: New York. G.O. No. 11, 3 April 1863.
Captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Varuna during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St.
Philip, and while under fire and ramming by the rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862. During
this action at extremely close range while his ship was under furious fire and twice
rammed by the rebel ship Morgan, Greene remained steadfast at his gun throughout the
thickest of the fight and was instrumental in inflicting damage on the enemy until the
Varuna, badly damaged and forced to beach, was finally sunk.
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