Hugh Molloy
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Hugh Molloy

Hugh Molloy
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Ordinary Seaman Hugh Molloy
Born(1841-09-25)September 25, 1841[1]
Comerford, Ireland[1]
DiedMarch 8, 1922(1922-03-08) (aged 80)
Place of burial
Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1863-1864
RankOrdinary Seaman
UnitUnited States Navy USS Fort Hindman
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
AwardsMedal of Honor

Hugh Molloy (September 25, 1841[1] – March 8, 1922) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration--the Medal of Honor--for his actions in the American Civil War.


During the Civil War, Molloy served as an Ordinary Seaman on USS Fort Hindman . He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during an engagement with a Confederate artillery battery near Harrisonburg, Louisiana, on March 2, 1864.

Hugh Molloy died at age 80 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois.

Medal of Honor citation

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Rank and Organization:

Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1832, Illinois. Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 32, April 16, 1864.


Served on board the U.S.S. Fort Hindman during the engagement near Harrisonburg, La., 2 March 1864. Following a shellburst which mortally wounded the first sponger, who dropped the sponge out of the forecastle port, Molloy jumped out of the port to the forecastle, recovered the sponge and sponged and loaded the gun for the remainder of the action from his exposed position, despite the extreme danger to his person from the raking fire of enemy musketry.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Records are inconsistent on Molloy's place and year of birth. His Medal of Honor citation gives his birth as 1832 in Illinois "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010., while the book Deeds of Valor gives his birth as September 25, 1841 in Comerford, Ireland [1], and Molloy's gravestone also gives his birth as September 25, 1841 "Hugh Molloy". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2010.. This article assumes that the information in Deeds of Valor and Molloy's gravestone is correct.
  2. ^ "MOLLOY, HUGH , Civil War Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War website. November 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007.


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