Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

NH 105348 Chief Water Tender John King, USN

Photo #: NH 105348  Chief Water Tender John King, USN
Description: John King was twice awarded the Medal of Honor, in both cases for heroism in the line of his profession during boiler accidents. The first was on board USS Vicksburg (Gunboat # 11) on 29 May 1901, and the second was on board USS Salem (Scout Cruiser # 3) on 13 September 1909. The Medal of Honor is on the left in the top row of medals worn by Chief Watertender King in this portrait photograph, which was probably taken soon after the First World War. Courtesy of the King Family. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Related Content

Medal of Honor citations of Watertender John King USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 92):


"On board the U.S.S. Vicksburg, for heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the accident to the boilers, 29 May 1901."



"Watertender, serving on board the U.S.S. Salem, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the accident to one of the boilers of that vessel, 13 September 1909."

Topic
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials