FRANKS, WILLIAM J. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1830, Chatham County, N.C.

Entered service at:   Duvalls Bluff, Ark. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.

Citation:   Served on board the U.S.S. Marmora off Yazoo City, Miss., 5 March 1864. Embarking from the Marmora with a 12-pound howitzer mounted on a field carriage, Franks landed with the gun and crew in the midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite enemy rifle fire which cut the gun carriage and rammer contributed to the turning back of the enemy during the fierce engagement.

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)