Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Private Herbert Irving Preston (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from July 21 – August 17, 1900, at Peking, China. His citation reads:
In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Throughout this period, Preston distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.
Landsman John Preston (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864, on board the USS Oneida. His citation reads:
Served on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Severely wounded, Preston remained at his gun throughout the engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan, carrying on until obliged to go to the surgeon to whom he reported himself as "only slightly injured." He then assisted in taking care of the wounded below and wanted to be allowed to return to his battle station on deck. Upon close examination it was found that he was wounded quite severely in both eyes.
First Lieutenant/Commissary Noble D. Preston (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 11, 1864, at Trevilian Station, Virginia. His citation reads:
Voluntarily led a charge in which he was severely wounded.
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