Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy, Born: 1841, Rochester N.Y.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Signal, Red River, 5 May 1864.
Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of
enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning the fire until the ship
was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Serving
as gun captain, and wounded early in the battle, O'Donoghue bravely stood
by his gun in the face of enemy fire until ordered to withdraw.
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)