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Austin Joseph Durney
Blacksmith Austin J. Durney
Born (1867-11-26)November 26, 1867
Died November 17, 1926(1926-11-17) (aged 58)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death Ridgely, Maryland
Place of burial Old Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cordova, Maryland
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Blacksmith
Unit USS Nashville (PG-7)
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Austin Joseph Durney (November 26, 1867 – November 17, 1926) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Austin Durney was born on November 26, 1867 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the state of Maryland and served during the Spanish-American War on board the gunboat USS Nashville (PG-7). On May 11, 1898 Blacksmith Durney was one of several men who participated in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his "extraordinary bravery and coolness" under enemy fire during this operation, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Austin J. Durney died on November 17, 1926 at Ridgely, Maryland, and was buried in Old Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cordova, Maryland.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Blacksmith, U.S. Navy. Born: November 26, 1867, Philadelphia, Pa. Entered service at: Woodland, Mo. G.O. No.: 521, July 7, 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Durney set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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