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John Anglin
Civil War era Navy Medal of Honor
Born (1850-10-06)October 6, 1850
Died September 6, 1905(1905-09-06) (aged 54)
Place of birth Portland, Maine
Place of death Portland, Maine
Place of burial Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Maine
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Cabin boy
Unit USS Pontoosuc (1864)
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Second Battle of Fort Fisher
Awards Medal of Honor

John Anglin (October 6, 1850 – September 6, 1905) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865. His last name is often misspelled Angling. He was one of the youngest ever Medal of Honor recipients.

Military serviceEdit

Anglin volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned as a Cabin Boy to the Union side-wheel gunboat USS Pontoosuc (1864). His enlistment is credited to the state of Maine.

On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Fourteen year-old Anglin was exposed to enemy fire while serving on the deck of the USS Pontoosuc.

Anglin died in Portland, Maine on September 6, 1905 at the age of 54. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Maine.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Cabin Boy John Angling, [sic] United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, North Carolina, 24 December 1864 to 22 January 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully during this period, Cabin Boy Angling [sic] was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under the fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)

Action Date: January 15, 1865

Service: Navy

Rank: Cabin Boy

Division: U.S.S. Pontoosuc

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