of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1836, County of
Monahan, Ireland. Accredited To: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing
on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Cpl. Rannahan advanced to the top of
the sandhill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which
killed or wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became
seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark when it
came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors.
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