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Pierre Leon
Born (1838-08-23)August 23, 1838
Died December 7, 1915(1915-12-07) (aged 77)
Place of birth Nice, France
Place of death Riverside Township, New Jersey
Place of burial St Peters Cemetery, Riverside, NJ
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Captain of the Forecastle
Unit USS Baron De Kalb
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Was involved with one of the earliest submarine projects-USS Alligator

Pierre Leon (August 23, 1838 – December 7, 1915) was a Captain of the Forecastle in the Union Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Nice, France. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 11, April 3, 1863.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age and the Scotland sunk on a bar where they were ordered fired. Continuing up the river, she was fired on, but upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured larger quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, Leon, as captain of the forecastle, "distinguished himself in the various actions."

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