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David J. Naylor

Born: Nov 14, 1843

Death: Jan 1, 1926

Nationality: United States

David J. Naylor

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1843
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1926

David Johnson Naylor was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay. Born on November 14, 1843, in Thompsonville, New York, Naylor was still living in that state when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a landsman on the USS Oneida. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he supplied gunpowder to one of his ship's Parrott rifles as a powder boy. When his passing box, used to protect the powder as it was being carried, was shot from his hands and fell overboard into a small boat of the USS Galena, Naylor retrieved the box and resumed his duties. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864. Naylor's official Medal of Honor citation reads: Served on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Acting as powder boy at the 30-pounder Parrott rifle, Naylor had his passing box shot from his hands and knocked overboard where it fell in one of the Galena's boats which was under the bow.

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