b. 26/11/1867 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. d. 17/11/1926 Ridgely, Maryland.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/05/1898 Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Austin Durney was born on November 26, 1867 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the state of Maryland in 1890, and served during the Spanish–American War on board the gunboat USS Nashville (PG-7). On May 11, 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.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Durney set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST JOSEPH’S CEMETERY, CORDOVA, MARYLAND.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.