John Freeman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Freeman was born in New York City, New York back in 1835. Sorry but I do not have any information as to who his parents were, where or if he went to school and so on.  What of course I can tell you is the rest of the story.

He entered the military in 1861, by 1862 he was serving aboard the USS Galena.  In May of that year the Union Navy sent five ships up the James River of which one of them was the USS Galena. The ships encountered heavy fire from Fort Darling that was held by the Confederates.  Most of the gun crew were killed in action.  John led a group who took over the operation of the guns for the remainder of the battle.

He later served at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and the USS Seminole.  He retired in 1865 as an Orderly Sergeant. He died in 1910 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery.

What you may not know about John Freeman Mackie is that he was a United States Marine and the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while aboard the Galena.  While serving aboard the Seminole the medal arrived via the U.S. Postal Service.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, be contagious and pass it on 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray did I read that right? the medal of honor was delivered via the US Postal Service.... another interesting piece of history....

Dec 01, 2017 04:09 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

That was some surprise delivery....though based upon our mail service today, I am not sure I would trust it !

Dec 01, 2017 04:16 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Another military hero we learned about today. Astonishing to find out the medal of honor came through the postal service!

Dec 01, 2017 04:38 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I will share this one with my Marine husband! The stories about Marines make his day! 

Dec 01, 2017 04:47 AM #4
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 12/01/2017.

Dec 01, 2017 05:24 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. How odd to get a medal in the mail. Neat story.

Dec 01, 2017 05:44 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I think the thing I find most interesting is that he got the Medal of Honor in the mail. YIKES! What were they thinking?

Dec 01, 2017 06:32 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - getting the medal of honor in the mail.  Things have certainly changed for the better.

Dec 01, 2017 07:38 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a heartwarming story.  Ron and I were priviliged to attend an event where we met 3 medal of honor recipients.  A

Dec 01, 2017 07:46 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, the first medal of honor, that is quite the distinction to have.  I hope that your morning is going well.

Dec 01, 2017 09:39 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I forgot the name but I had heard this story before. Thanks for reminding me.

Dec 01, 2017 10:27 AM #11
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Interesting that his medal was delivered via the postal service... Thanks for sharing that little bit of history. 

Dec 01, 2017 11:29 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You seem to always be a pillar of knowledge with your daily dose of History. Thank you so much James Dray 

Dec 01, 2017 08:04 PM #13
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