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Thomas Hayes
Medal of Honor recipient
Born 1840
Died May 24, 1914 (aged 73–74)
Place of birth Rhode Island
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Coxswain
Unit USS Richmond
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Hayes (1840 – May 24, 1914) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and Organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Rhode Island. Accredited To: Rhode Island. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.


As Captain of No. 1 gun on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the CSS Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action, Hayes maintained fire from his gun on Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return fire.[1]

See also[]


  1. "Medal of Honor recipients". American Medal of Honor recipients for the American Civil War (A-L). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 

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