Thomas Stanton (Medal of Honor)

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Thomas Stanton

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At the White House, June 13, 1911
Born(1869-08-11)August 11, 1869
Ireland
Died May 7, 1950(1950-05-07) (aged 80)
Place of burialSaint Columba Catholic Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist's Mate
Unit USS North Dakota (BB-29)
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Stanton (August 11, 1869 – May 7, 1950) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

United States Navy Naval warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 319,421 personnel on active duty and 99,616 in the Ready Reserve, the Navy is the third largest of the service branches. It has 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of March 2018, making it the second largest and second most powerful air force in the world.

Medal of Honor United States of Americas highest military honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The medal is normally awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress. Because the medal is presented "in the name of Congress", it is often referred to informally as the "Congressional Medal of Honor". However, the official name of the current award is "Medal of Honor." Within the United States Code the medal is referred to as the "Medal of Honor", and less frequently as "Congressional Medal of Honor". U.S. awards, including the Medal of Honor, do not have post-nominal titles, and while there is no official abbreviation, the most common abbreviations are "MOH" and "MH".

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Biography

Stanton was born on August 11, 1869, in Ireland and, after immigrating to the United States, he joined the Navy from New York around 1898. [1]

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

On September 8, 1910, Stanton was serving as a chief machinist's mate on the USS North Dakota (BB-29). [2] On that day, while the North Dakota was conducting tests using oil as fuel, an explosion occurred, killing three sailors and endangering the ship. In the engine room, pieces of hot coal and coke floated in waist-high hot water, oil was aflame above one of the boilers, and the entire room was filled with smoke, steam, and fumes. Despite these dangers, Stanton and five other men of the ship's engineering department entered the engine room to haul the boiler fires and perform other tasks necessary to prevent a boiler explosion. After ensuring the safety of the ship, they then searched for and removed the bodies of the three sailors killed in the initial explosion. [3]

Machinists mate

Machinist's mate is a rating in the United States Navy's engineering community.

USS <i>North Dakota</i> (BB-29) US battleship

USS North Dakota (BB-29) was a dreadnought battleship of the United States Navy, the second member of the Delaware class, her only sister ship being Delaware. North Dakota was laid down at the Fore River Shipyard in December 1907, was launched in November 1908, and commissioned into the US Navy in April 1910. She was armed with a main battery of ten 12-inch (305 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21 kn. North Dakota was the first vessel of the US Navy to be named after the 39th state.

An oil is any nonpolar chemical substance that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperatures and is both hydrophobic and lipophilic. Oils have a high carbon and hydrogen content and are usually flammable and surface active.

For these actions, Stanton and the five other men were awarded the Medal of Honor a month later, on October 4, 1910. The others were Chief Machinist's Mate Karl Westa, Chief Watertender August Holtz, Chief Watertender Patrick Reid, Machinist's Mate First Class Charles C. Roberts, and Watertender Harry Lipscomb. [2]

Karl Westa United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient

Karl Westa was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

August Holtz United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient

August Holtz was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Charles Church Roberts United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient

Charles Church Roberts was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He was awarded the medal for his actions during a fire aboard the USS North Dakota (BB-29) in 1910. He later served in World War I and became a commissioned officer.

Stanton died May 7, 1950 at age 80 and was buried at Saint Columba Catholic Cemetery in Middletown, Rhode Island. [4]

Middletown, Rhode Island Town in Rhode Island, United States

Middletown is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 16,150 at the 2010 census. It lies to the south of Portsmouth and to the north of Newport on Aquidneck Island, hence the name "Middletown".

Medal of Honor citation

Stanton's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the fire on board the U.S.S. North Dakota, 8 September 1910. [2]

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References

  1. "Enlisted Men of Navy Placed in Hero Class". Evening star (Washington, D.C.). 12 June 1911. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1901-1911". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  3. Williams, Dion (April 1919). "War Decorations". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. 45 (4): 511–512. ISSN   0041-798X . Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  4. "Thomas Stanton". Hall of Valor. Military Times . Retrieved April 27, 2011.

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