Rank and organization: Chief Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836, Michigan.
Accredited to: Michigan. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Richmond in action at Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. Cool and
vigilant at his station throughout the prolonged action, Cronin watched
for signals and skillfully steered the ship as she trained her guns on
Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return
fire. He participated in the actions at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, with
the Chalmette batteries, at the surrender of New Orleans, and in the attacks
on batteries below Vicksburg.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)