Jesse Whitfield Covington
|Jesse W. Covington|
Jesse W. Covington
September 16, 1889|
Haywood County, Tennessee
|Died||November 21, 1966(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 Petty Officer|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
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.
Medal of Honor citation
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.
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