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Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Birth:
07 Feb 1865 1
Currabee, Ballinrobe, County Galway, Ireland 1
Death:
20 May 1938 1
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Full Name:
John King 1
Birth:
07 Feb 1865 1
Currabee, Ballinrobe, County Galway, Ireland 1
Death:
20 May 1938 1
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery, Hot Springs, AR 1
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World War I 1

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Navy 1
Service Start Date:
1917 1
Service End Date:
20 Aug 1919 1

Other Service 1

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Navy 1
Rank:
Chief Watertender 1
Service Start Date:
01 Oct 1909 1
Service End Date:
1916 1

Other Service 1

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Navy 1
Rank:
Watertender, U.S.S. Salem 1
Service Start Date:
1907 1
Service End Date:
30 Sep 1909 1

Other Service 1

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Navy 1
Rank:
Coal passer, Oiler, Fireman 1
Service Start Date:
1893 1
Service End Date:
1900 1

Other Service 1

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Navy 1
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Watertender, U.S.S. Vicksburg 1
Service Start Date:
1900 1
Service End Date:
1907 (?) 1

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Between 1884 and 1948, the United States Navy designated "watertender" as a petty officer in charge of the fires and boilers in the engine room of a ship. Since many of the Navy's ships during those years were coal-fired and steam-powered, the watertender had important and dangerous tasks. Born in Ireland, John King, who received the Medal of Honor twice in his naval career, began as a coal passer in Vermont. After a stint in the boiler rooms of naval ships utilized in the Spanish-American, King was assisting in the Philippine-American War  when he displayed "extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession" during a boiler accident onboard the U.S.S. Vicksburg (propelled by a triple expansion steam engine) in 1901. King's second commendation came while he was a watertender on the U.S.S. Salem, a new warship propelled by turbine engines and first launched in 1907. As the Medal of Honor citation reads, King demonstrated "extraordinary heroism" while tending to a boiler explosion on September 13, 1909.  The following month King was swiftly promoted to Chief Watertender. He served until 1916, but he returned to service at sea during World War I until August 1919.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watertender

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_King_%28Medal_of_Honor%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Vicksburg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Salem_%28CL-3%29

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