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African American Sailor
from North Carolina
Awarded The

Medal of Honor


AARON SANDERSON (a.k.a. AARON ANDERSON): Citation: G.O. No.: 59, June 22, 1865. Served on board the U.S.S. Wyandank during a boat expedition up Mattox Creek (on Maryland side of Potomac River), March 17, 1865. Participating with a boat crew in the clearing of Mattox Creek, Landsman Anderson carried out his duties courageously in the face of a devastating fire which cut away half the oars, pierced the launch in many places and cut the barrel off a musket being fired at the enemy.

Note: Aaron Anderson, born 1811 in Plymouth, NC,  name was erroneously entered into the ship's log as "Aaron Sanderson".

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