of the United States
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Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1828, New York,
N.Y. Accredited To: Indiana. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at
Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his
duties courageously during the engagement, Ditzenback gallantly left the pilot house after
the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which
was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining,
although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy.
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