October 17, 1874|
|Died||January 31, 1914
lost at sea near Virginia
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia, United States|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Chief Master At Arms|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
He continued to serve in the navy until being lost at sea while aboard the steamer Monroe off the shores of Virginia in 1914. His grave is located at Arlington National Cemetery.
He continued to serve in the navy after the war and went on achieve the rank of Chief Master At Arms. On January 31, 1914 he was a passenger aboard the Old dominion steamer Monroe when it sank off Virginia’s eastern shore. He was declared lost at sea but was given a grave in site MI, site 306-A at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 17 October 1874, Finland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Eglit set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
- "EGLIT, JOHN". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "John Eglit, Chief Master at Arms, United States Navy". Medal of Honor recipients buried at. Arlington National Cemetery website. June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "Brave sailors get medals: An impressive ceremony took place on the gunoat Nashville at Boston yesterday". The New York Times. August 17, 1899. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- The Monroe Disaster. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- New International yearbook. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "John Eglit". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
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