|Place of birth||Germany|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
American Civil War|
• Battle of Suffolk (Norfleet House)
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Henry Thielberg (born 1833, date of death unknown) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Suffolk.
Born in 1833 in Germany, Thielberg gave Dudley, Massachusetts, as his home of record when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a seaman on USS Minnesota. At the Battle of Suffolk on April 14, 1863, he was temporarily assigned to USS Mount Washington as it conducted operations on the Nansemond River in Virginia. Thielberg voluntarily exposed himself to heavy fire in order to surveil the Confederate forces. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later on July 10, 1863.
Thielberg's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Serving temporarily on board the U.S.S. Mount Washington during the Nansemond River action, 14 April 1863. After assisting in hauling up and raising the flagstaff, Thielberg volunteered to go up on the pilothouse and observe the movements of the enemy and although 3 shells struck within a few inches of his head, remained at his post until ordered to descend.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Henry Thielberg". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1265. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- "Medal of Honor Recipients: Civil War (S–Z)". United States Army Center of Military History. February 25, 2016. http://www.history.army.mil/moh/civilwar_sz.html#THIELBERG. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- Record of Medals of Honor issued to the officers and enlisted men of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Washington: United States Government Printing Office. 1917. pp. 112–113. https://books.google.com/books?id=PM5BAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA112.
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