Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1827, England.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats
and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe
damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked
her decks from stem to stern Kenna fought his gun with skill and courage
throughout the furious action which resulted in the surrender of the rebel
ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort
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)