Behnke, Heinrich, CWT

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1903-1906, S1c-0000, USS Iowa (BB-4)
Service Years
1902 - 1925
WT-Water Tender
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Born in Germany. Enlisted Washington DC
Last Address
Farmingdale NY

Date of Passing
Jun 19, 1952
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
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Heinrich Behnke
Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor
Awarded for actions during Peace Time

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman First Class Heinrich Behnke, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving aboard the U.S.S. Iowa. Seaman First Class Behnke displayed extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.


General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 182 (March 20, 1905)

Action Date: 25-Jan-05
Service: Navy
Rank: Seaman First Class
Division: U.S.S. Iowa

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Born:   April 10, 1882 at Germany
    Entered  Service in the US Navy from Washington, DC.
    Retired at the rank of Chief Water Tender.
    Earned The Medal of Honor During Peace Time, For heroism January 25, 1905 at, Aboard Ship, At  Sea.

 Died:  June  19, 1952 at the age of 70   
While at sea the manhole plate of boiler D of the U.S.S. Iowa blew out, endangering the ship. Fireman First Class Heinrich Behnke was one of six sailors of the ships crew who received the Medal of Honor for displaying extraordinary heroism in the effort to save the U.S.S. Iowa and avert disaster or loss of life.

Others receiving Medals of Honor in this action were: Fireman First class Frederick Behne, Watertender Patrick Bresnahan, Fireman First Class Demetri Corahorgi, Boilermaker Edward Floyd, and Chief Watertender Johannes Johannessen.
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