Rade Grbitch

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Rade Grbitch
Born(1870-12-24)December 24, 1870
DiedMarch 5, 1910(1910-03-05) (aged 39)
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
UnitUSS Bennington (PG-4)
AwardsMedal of Honor

Rade Grbitch or Rade Grbić (Serbian Cyrillic: Раде Грбић; December 24, 1870 – March 5, 1910) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Grbitch was born December 24, 1870, in Austria-Hungary and joined the Navy from Ohio. He was Serb from Dalmatia. On July 21, 1905, a boiler exploded aboard the USS Bennington (PG-4) while it was at San Diego, California and sank. During the explosion 66 sailors were killed and almost everyone else on the ship was injured. For his actions during the explosion he received the Medal of Honor January 5, 1906.[1][2]

He died on March 5, 1910, and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California. His grave can be found in plot A, 44.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 24 December 1870, Austria. Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 13, 5 January 1906.


On board the U.S.S. Bennington, for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1901-1911". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bennington". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Command. February 8, 2006. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Richard Hrazanek (July 31, 2004). "Rade Grbitch". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 17, 2010.

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