Heinrich Behnke (Medal of Honor)

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Heinrich Behnke
Born (1882-04-10)April 10, 1882
Germany
Died June 19, 1952(1952-06-19) (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
Rank Chief Watertender
Unit USS Iowa (BB-4)
Awards Medal of Honor

Heinrich Behnke (April 10, 1882-June 19, 1952) was a seaman first class serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

Biography[edit]

Behnke was born April 10, 1882 in Germany and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy in 1902.[1] 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.[2][3]

He died June 19, 1952 and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, New York.[4]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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.

Citation:

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.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Service Profile
  2. ^ a b "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. 
  3. ^ "Iowa". Dictonary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Russ Dodge (May 04, 2000). "Heinrich Behnke". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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