of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, Ireland. Accredited
To: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Severely wounded, Preston remained at his gun throughout the engagement which resulted in
the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan, carrying on until
obliged to go to the surgeon to whom he reported himself as "only slightly
injured." He then assisted in taking care of the wounded below and wanted to be
allowed to return to his battle station on deck. Upon close examination it was found that
he was wounded quite severely in both eyes.
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