Heinrich Behnke (Medal of Honor)
April 10, 1882|
|Died||June 19, 1952(aged 70)|
|Place of burial||Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1902 - 1925|
|Unit||USS Iowa (BB-4)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Behnke was born April 10, 1882 in Germany and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy in 1902. He was stationed aboard the USS Iowa (BB-4) as a seaman first class when, on January 25, 1905 a manhole plate blew out of boiler D. For his actions received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 10 April 1882, Germany. Accredited to: Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 182, 20 March 1905.
While serving aboard the U.S.S. Iowa, Behnke displayed extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.
- Service Profile
- "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Behnke, Heinrich entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Iowa". Dictonary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- Russ Dodge (May 04, 2000). "Heinrich Behnke". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2010.