of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1839, Boston, Mass. Accredited
To: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served as coxswain on board the U.S. Sloop John Adams, Sullvan's Island Channel, 28
November 1864. Taking part in the boarding of the blockade runner Beatrice while under
heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie, O'Brien, who was in charge of one of the boarding
launches, carried out his duties with prompt and energetic conduct. This action resulted
in the firing of the Beatrice and the capture of a quantity of supplies from her.
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