Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1839, Downingtown,
Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Mississippi during her abandonment and firing
in the action with the Port Hudson batteries, 14 March 1863. During the
abandonment of the Mississippi which had to be grounded, Sgt. Vaughn rendered
invaluable assistance to his commanding officer, remaining with the ship
until all the crew had landed and the ship had been fired to prevent its
falling into enemy hands. Persistent until the last, and conspicuously
cool under the heavy shellfire, Sgt. Vaughn was finally ordered to save
himself as he saw fit.
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)