Jesse Whitfield Covington

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Jesse W. Covington
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Jesse W. Covington
Born (1889-09-16)September 16, 1889
Haywood County, Tennessee
Died November 21, 1966(1966-11-21) (aged 77)
Place of burial Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1908 - 1935
Rank Chief Steward
Unit U.S.S. Stewart
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Jesse Whitfield Covington (September 16, 1889 – November 21, 1966) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Covington was born September 16, 1889 in Haywood County, Tennessee and after enlisting in the United States Navy was sent to France to fight in World War I.

He died November 21, 1966 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Ship's Cook Third Class, U.S. Navy. Place and date: At sea aboard the USS Stewart (DD-13), 17 April 1918. Entered service at: California. Born: 16 September 1889, Haywood, Tenn. G.O. No.: 403, 1918.


For extraordinary heroism following internal explosion of the Florence H. The sea in the vicinity of wreckage was covered by a mass of boxes of smokeless powder, which were repeatedly exploding. Jesse W. Covington, of the U.S.S. Stewart, plunged overboard to rescue a survivor who was surrounded by powder boxes and too exhausted to help himself, fully realizing that similar powder boxes in the vicinity were continually exploding and that he was thereby risking his life in saving the life of this man.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jesse Whitfield Covington". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ "World War I; Covington, Jesse W. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-19.