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Daniel Lakin
US Navy Medal of Honor (1862 original).png
The US Navy Medal of Honor as would have been awarded to Seaman Lakin in 1863[1]
Born 1834
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Allegiance United States (Union)
Service/branch Union Navy
Rank Ensign
Unit USS Commodore Perry
Battles/wars American Civil War
  Joint Expedition Against Franklin
Awards Medal of Honor

Daniel Lakin (born 1834 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American sailor who served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. For his actions at the Joint Expedition Against Franklin while serving aboard the USS Commodore Perry, Lakin was promoted from seaman to master's mate [2][3] and received the Medal of Honor on 3 April 1863.[4] The citation therefor reads:

On board the U.S.S. Commodore Perry in the attack upon Franklin, Va., 3 October 1862. With enemy fire raking the deck of his ship and blockades thwarting her progress, Lakin remained at his post and performed his duties with skill and courage as the Commodore Perry fought a gallant battle to silence many rebel batteries as she steamed down the Blackwater River.[4]

Lakin enlisted in the Navy from New York in October 1861,[5] and was discharged with the rank of Ensign in September 1865.[6]

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  1. Lossing, Benson John (1868). "Medals of Honor Bestowed". Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America. II. Hartford: T. Belknap. p. 175. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. "Roll of Honor". Record of Medals of Honor Issued to the Bluejackets and Marines of the United States Navy 1862–1910. Washington, D.C., USA: United States Navy Bureau of Navigation. 1910. p. 51. Retrieved 2009-09-07. "Seaman on board of the U.S.S. Commodore Perry, in the attack upon Franklin, Va., October 3, 1862; distinguished for his gallant conduct. Promoted to acting master's mate." 
  3. Long, The Hon. John D.; Rawson, Edward K.; Stewart, Charles W. (1899). "Expedition against Franklin, Va., October 3, 1862: Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, transmitting correspondence and reports. (October 26, 1862 (1862-10-26))". Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. 1. 8. Washington, D.C., USA: United States Government Printing Office. p. 104.,M1. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War (A–L)". Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., USA: United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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