Title: Medal of Honor, Seaman Joachim Pease
Accession #: NHHC 1957-02-AO
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
Size: 2 x 2
Obverse: Five pointed bronze star tipped with trefoils containing a crown of laurel and oak. In the center is Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and warfare, standing with left hand resting on fasces and right hand holding a shield blazoned with the escutcheon of the United States. She repulses discord, represented by a male figure holding snakes. It is made of solid red brass, oxidized and buffed.
Reverse: Inscribed lettering on reverse reads, “Personal Valor / JOACHIM PEASE / (Colored) Seaman / U.S.S. Kearsarge / Destruction on the Alabama / June 9, 1864.”
Citation for Award: Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as loader on the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Pease exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended by the divisional officer for gallantry under fire.