|William S. Bond|
|Died||March 17, 1892|
|Place of birth||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Place of death||Vallejo, California|
|Buried at||Sunrise Memorial Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Cherbourg (1864)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Boatswain's Mate William S. Bond (1839 to March 17, 1892) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Bond received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action aboard the USS Kearsarge near Cherbourg-Octeville, France on June 19, 1864. He was honored with the award on 31 December 1864.
On 19 June 1864 Bond was aboard the Union warship, USS Kearsarge, under command of captain John Ancrum Winslow in its hunt for the CSS Alabama. The Alabama was discovered anchored for repairs at the Cherbourg Harbor, France. Both ships headed for battle outside of French waters and what became known as the Battle of Cherbourg ensued. The Alabama was sunk within hours. Bond, along with sixteen other members of the Kearsarge crew, were awarded with the Medal of Honor for their gallantry during this battle.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously, Bond exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "William S. Bond". http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=3374. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Marvel, William (1996). The Alabama & the Kearsarge: The Sailor's War. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-2294-9. https://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks:1&q=isbn:0807822949. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
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