Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Salem, Mass. Accredited
to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 169, 8 February, 1872.
Citation: Served as
seaman on board the U.S.S. Pensacola in the attack on Forts Jackson and
St. Philip, 24 April 1862. Carrying out his duties throughout the din and
roar of the battle, Lyons never once erred in his brave performance. Lashed
outside of that vessel, on the port-sheet chain, with the lead in hand
to lead the ship past the forts, Lyons never flinched, although under a
heavy fire from the forts and rebel gunboats.
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)