James H. Bennett

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John B Quirk
Nickname(s)James Harvey Bennett
Born(1851-04-05)April 5, 1851
Haverstraw, New York
Died(1900-11-22)November 22, 1900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of burial
Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankChief Boatswain's Mate
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
AwardsMedal of Honor

John B Quirk (born April 5, 1851) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


James H Bennett was born as John B. Quirk on the 5th of April, 1851 in Haverstraw, New York, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Chief Boatswain's Mate to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the USS Marblehead.[1]

Bennett died on the 22nd of November, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is buried in the Cold Spring Cemetery in Cold Spring, New York, and his grave stone bears his original name, John B Quirk, and James H Bennett.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 11 August 1877, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Bennett set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "BENNETT, JAMES H." Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved March 14, 2010.