THOMPSON, WILLIAM - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Signal Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Entered service at: Boston, Mass.

Birth:   Cape May County, N.J. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.

Citation:   During action of the main squadron of ships against heavily defended Forts Beauregard and Walker on Hilton Head, 7 November 1861. Serving as signal quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Mohican, Thompson steadfastly steered the ship with a steady and bold heart under the batteries; was wounded by a piece of shell but remained at his station until he fell from loss of blood. Legs since amputated.

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)