Ingram, Osmond Kelly, GM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1914-1917, GM-0000, USS Cassin (DD-43)
Service Years
1903 - 1917
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oneonta, Alabama
Last Address
504 3rd St
Pratt City, AL (now Birmingham, AL)
(Mother's Home)

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 1917
Hostile, Died while Missing
Drowned, Suffocated
North Atlantic Ocean
World War I
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Brookwood, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War I FallenUnited States Navy Memorial Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2014, World War I Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1905-1908, SN-0000, USS Colorado (ACR-7)
  1908-1913, Broken Service
  1914-1917, GM-0000, USS Cassin (DD-43)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1917 World War I
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 16, 1917, INGRAM PLAZA
  Jul 23, 2012, General Photos7
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Last Known Activity

Gunner's Mate First Class Osmond K. Ingram, USN, (1887-1917)

Osmond Kelly Ingram was born on 4 August 1887 in Pratt City, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from that state as an Apprentice Seaman in November 24 1903 and served until August , 1908. He then renlisteed on August 6, 1913 until his death. In the course of his Naval career, he advanced to the rank of Gunner's Mate First Class and, during World War I, served on board the destroyer Cassin. On 15 October 1917, while his ship was operating off the Irish coast, she was attacked by the German submarine U-61. Gunner's Mate Ingram spotted an incoming torpedo and, realizing that it could hit near the depth charges at the ship's stern, he ran aft in an attempt to release them before the torpedo arrived. However, the torpedo struck the ship before he could achieve his purpose and Ingram was killed in the ensuing explosion. For his "extraordinary heroism" on this occasion, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Also noteworthy for being the first U.S. Navy enlisted man killed in action during World War I.

Ingram's name lives on

Two years after his death, the USS Ingram was commissioned in his honor, the first U.S. Navy ship ever named for an enlisted man. The destroyer carried Ingram's name with pride, receiving six battle stars and a Presidential Unit citation during World War II. USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255, later AVD-9 and APD-35), 1919-1946.

In 1932, West Park in Birmingham was renamed Kelly Ingram Park in his honor. A plaza at Liberty Station in San Diego, site of a former Navy training center, also bears Ingram's name.


Name of Award
Navy Medal of Honor

Year Awarded
Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate First Class Osmond Kelly Ingram, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the presence of the enemy on the occasion of the torpedoing of the U.S.S. CASSIN, off the coast near Mind Head, Ireland, on 15 October 1917. While the CASSIN was searching for the submarine, Gunner's Mate First Class Ingram sighted the torpedo coming, and realizing that it might strike the ship aft in the vicinity of the depth charges, ran aft with the intention of releasing the depth charges before the torpedo could reach the CASSIN. The torpedo struck the ship before he could accomplish his purpose and Ingram was killed by the explosion. The depth charges exploded immediately afterward. His life was sacrificed in an attempt to save the ship and his shipmates, as the damage to the ship would have been much less if he had been able to release the depth charges.

Action Date: 15-Oct-17
Service: Navy
Rank: Gunner's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. Cassin
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