of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WILLIAMS II, JOHN
Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Entered Service At:
New York, N.Y. Birth: Elizabethtown, N.J. G.O. No: 17, 10 July 1863.
Captain of an 11-inch gun aboard the U.S.S. Mohican during action of the main squadron
of ships against the heavily defended Forts Beauregard and Walker on Hilton Head, and
against ships of the Confederate Fleet, 7 November 1861. Cool and courageous at his battle
station, Williams maintained steady fire against the enemy while under the fort batteries
during a 4-hour engagement which resulted in silencing the batteries of the forts and in
the rout of the rebel steamers.
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