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
DiedMay 7, 1950(1950-05-07) (aged 80)
Place of burial
Saint 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.

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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]

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]

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]

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

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.