Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Massachusetts.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
as first class fireman on board the U.S.S. Montauk, 21 September 1864.
During the night of 21 September when fire was discovered in the magazine
lightroom of that vessel, causing a panic and demoralizing the crew, Rountry,
notwithstanding the cry of "fire in the magazine," forced his way with
hose in hand, through the frightened crowd to the lightroom and put out
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)