Two-time medal winner, Coxswain John Cooper, earned his first Medal of Honor during the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. Aboard the USS Brooklyn he worked his gun with skill and courage throughout the savage battle and was cited for his heroic conduct. Then again at Mobile on April 16, 1865, Cooper was detailed as quartermaster on the staff of Rear Admiral Thatcher. On that day there was a tremendous fire in Mobile, and at the risk of being blown apart by exploding ammunition, Cooper advanced through the holocaust and rescued a young comrade from almost certain death. That compassionate act brought him the rare second award.