Cholister, George Robert, BM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1922-1924, BM-0000, USS Trenton (CL-11)
Service Years
1916 - 1924
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Camden, NJ
Last Address
Camden, NJ

Date of Passing
Oct 21, 1924
Location of Interment
Colestown Cemetery - Colestown, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section D, Lot 6

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United States Navy Memorial In the Line of DutyCongressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, In the Line of Duty [Verified]
  2014, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1917-1918, SN-0000, USS Fanning (DD-37)
  1922-1924, BM-0000, USS Trenton (CL-11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 11, 1916, Service entry date
  Oct 20, 2014, General Photos5
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The United States Senate under a special bill, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to the dead hero. The medal was presented to Harry Chol!ster, Sr, of Colestown, father of the dead hero, who also received the Navy Cross posthumous Award to his son from President Coolidge.  He had initially received the Navy Cross for this action.

The awarding of the Medal of Honor to this recipient is one of a handful that was awarded during a non war time event.

During the World War I , Cholister served on a submarine in the North Sea and was later tranferred to the U. S. Destroyer Fanning, which was officially credited with sinking three German submarines.

He served in China and Japan for four years, during the earthquake disaster. Another brother, Walter, died in the Naval service at Guantanamo Bay in January, 1922. 

George R. Chollster was survived by his father, Harry Chollster, Sr., and three brothens, Harry, Earl and Russell B., who served In the Navy from 1916 to 1920, and a sister, Mrs. Mary E. App.

Other Comments:

Name of Award
Navy Medal of Honor

Year Awarded
Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Boatswain's Mate First Class George Robert Cholister, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of a fire on board the U.S.S. TRENTON. At 3:35 on the afternoon of 20 October 1924, while the TRENTON was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, two charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and ten later from burns and inhalation of flames and gases. The six others were severely injured. Boatswain's Mate First Class Cholister, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder from the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Cholister could accomplish his purpose. He fell unconscious while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates and died the following day.

Action Date: 20-Oct-24
Service: Navy
Rank: Boatswain's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. Trenton
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