DURNEY, Austin, PO3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MEB-0000-Metalsmith Blacksmith
Last Rating/NEC Group
Metalsmith Blacksmith
Primary Unit
1897-1899, MEB-0000, USS Nashville (PG-7)
Service Years
1890 - 1900
MEB-Metalsmith Blacksmith

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Home Town
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Ridgely, Maryland.

Date of Passing
Nov 17, 1926
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Austin Joseph Durney
Blacksmith • US Navy
Medal of Honor
Spanish American War

Austin Joseph Durney was born on 26 November 1867 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the State of Maryland and served during the Spanish-American War on board the gunboat Nashville. On 11 May 1898 Blacksmith Durney was one of several men who participated in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his "extraordinary bravery and coolness" under enemy fire during this operation, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Austin J. Durney died on 17 November 1926 at Ridgely, Maryland.
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Medal of Honor

citation of Blacksmith Austin J. Durney
(as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 74)

"On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, DURNEY set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action."
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US Navy
  1897-1899, MEB-0000, USS Nashville (PG-7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Cienfuegos
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
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