Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

NH 930 Coxwain William Halford, USN

Photo #: NH 930  Coxwain William Halford, USN
Title: Coxwain William Halford, USN
Description: (1841-1919) Halftone reproduction of a portrait photograph taken circa 1870, at about the time he became the sole survivor of USS Saginaw's gig, which was trying to reach the Hawaiian islands to obtain rescue for the ship's crew. Saginaw had been wrecked on Ocean Island, in mid-Pacific on 29 October 1870. Copied from The Last Cruise of the Saginaw, page 110. Halford was awarded the Medal of Honor and, on 14 April 1871, promoted to the rank of Gunner. He attained the rank of Chief Gunner on 3 March 1899. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Catalog #: NH 930
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