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William S. Bond
Born 1839
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
Rank Boatswain's Mate
Unit New York
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.[1][2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

The sinking of the Alabama

Bond was born in 1839 in Boston, Massachusetts and enlisted into United States Navy aboard the USS Kearsarge on 16 January 1862.[3]

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.[1][3]

Bond died on 17 March 1892 in Vallejo, California and his remains are interred at the Sunrise Memorial Cemetery.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

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][2]

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