SEWARD, RICHARD E. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Paymaster's Steward, U.S. Navy.
Place and date:   Ship Island Sound, La., 23 November 1863. Entered service at?. Born: 1840, Kittery, Maine.

Date of issue:   16 April 1864.

Citation:   Served as paymaster's steward on board the U.S.S. Commodore, November 1863. Carrying out his duties courageously, Seward "volunteered to go on the field amidst a heavy fire to recover the bodies of 2 soldiers which he brought off with the aid of others; a second instance of personal valor within a fortnight.'' Promoted to acting master's mate.

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)