of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
VANTINE, JOSEPH E.
Rank and Organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835,
Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited To: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863.
Damaged by a 6-inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety-valve chamber
and also damaged the port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately filled
with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this
crisis, Vantine persisted in penetrating the steam-filled room in order to haul the hot
fires of the furnaces and continued this action until the gravity of the situation had
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