Navy Medal of Honor: Interim Period 1915-1916

These individuals earned the Medal of Honor during the period specified. Their names are followed by their rank and rate, if known, the date of the action and the vessel or unit on which they served.

U.S. Navy Recipients
  1. CARY, ROBERT W., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Aboard USS San Diego, 21 January 1915.
  2. CRILLEY, FRANK WILLIAM, Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy., Honolulu, T.H., 17 April 1915
  3. JONES, CLAUD ASHTON, Commander, U.S. Navy., USS Memphis, Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916
  4. RUD, GEORGE WILLIAM (posthumous), Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy., USS Memphis, Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916
  5. SMITH, EUGENE P., Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy., USS Decatur, 9 September 1915
  6. SMITH, WILHELM, Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy., USS New York, 24 January
  7. TRINIDAD, TELESFORO, Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy., USS San Diego, 21 January 1915.
  8. WILLEY, CHARLES H., Machinist, U.S. Navy., Off Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo, 29 August 1916.

 

U.S. Marine Corps Recipients
(None)

Citations

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Claud Ashton Jones, Commander, United States Navy

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a senior engineer officer on board the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when the vessel was suffering total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Lieutenant Jones did everything possible to get the engines and boilers ready, and if the elements that burst upon the vessel had delayed for a few minutes, the engines would have saved the vessel. With boilers and steam pipes bursting about him in clouds of scalding steam, with thousands of tons of water coming down upon him and in almost complete darkness, Lieutenant Jones nobly remained at his post as long as the engines would turn over, exhibiting the most supreme unselfish heroism which inspired the officers and men who were with him. When the boilers exploded, Lieutenant Jones, accompanied by two of his shipmates, rushed into the firerooms and drove the men there out, dragging some, carrying others to the engineroom, where there was air to be breathed instead of steam. Lieutenant Jones’ action on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.

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George William Rud, Chief Machinist's Mate, United States Navy

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while attached to the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when that vessel was suffered total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Chief Machinist’s Mate Rud took his station in the engineroom and remained at his post amidst scalding steam and the rushing of thousands of tons of water into his department, receiving serious burns from which he immediately died.

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Charles H. Willey, Machinist, United States Navy

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when that vessel was suffering total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Machinist Willey took his station in the engineer’s department and remained at his post of duty amidst scalding steam and the rush of thousands of tons of water into his department as long as the engines would turn, leaving only when ordered to leave. When the boilers exploded, he assisted in getting the men out of the fireroom and carrying them into the engineroom, where there was air instead of steam to breathe. Machinist Willey’s conduct on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.

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Published:Thu Aug 25 08:35:19 EDT 2016