Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1823, England.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
on board the U.S.S. Pittsburg, Mississippi River, 29 April 1863. Engaging
the enemy batteries at Grand Gulf, the U.S.S. Pittsburg, although severely
damaged and suffering many personnel casualties, continued to fire her
batteries until ordered to withdraw. Taking part in a similar action after
nightfall, the U.S.S. Pittsburg received further damage, but receiving
no personnel casualities in the latter action. Woon showed courage and
devotion to duty throughout these bitter engagements.
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)