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Pinkerton Ross Vaughn
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Medal of Honor
Born 1841
Died 1866 (aged 24–25)
Place of birth Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Place of burial Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1860 - 1864
Rank Confederate States of America Sergeant-Artillery Sergeant
Unit USS Mississippi
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Pinkerton Ross Vaughn (1841–1866) was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps who received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the American Civil War.

Vaughn was born in 1841 and died in 1866. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1839, Downingtown, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Mississippi during her abandonment and firing in the action with the Port Hudson batteries, 14 March 1863. During the abandonment of the Mississippi which had to be grounded, Sergeant. Vaughn rendered invaluable assistance to his commanding officer, remaining with the ship until all the crew had landed and the ship had been fired to prevent its falling into enemy hands. Persistent until the last, and conspicuously cool under the heavy shellfire, Sergeant. Vaughn was finally ordered to save himself as he saw fit.

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