Trinidad, Telesforo De La Crux, BT1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BT-0000-Boiler Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boiler Tender
Primary Unit
1914-1918, F2c-0000, USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6)
Service Years
1910 - 1945
BT-Boiler Tender

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Home Town
New Washington, Aklan
Last Address
Imus, Cavite, Philippines

Imus Public Cemetery
Cavite Province, CALABARZON, Philippines

Date of Passing
May 08, 1968
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad was a Filipino Fireman 2nd Class in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for actions in Mexican waters near La Paz, on board the USS San Diego on 21 January 1915. He was the second service member; first, and so far the only Sailor of Asian descent to receive the award. Trinidad served during the Great War and World War 2, and retired to the Philippines living on his pension.
Other Comments:
Rank and organization: Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy
Place and date: 25 November 1890, New Washington Capig, Philippine Islands
Entered service at: Philippines
Medal of Honor Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the boiler explosion on board the U.S.S. San Diego, 21 January 1915. Trinidad was driven out of fireroom No. 2 by the explosion, but at once returned and picked up R.E. Daly, fireman, second class, whom he saw to be injured, and proceeded to bring him out. While coming into No. 4 fireroom, Trinidad was just in time to catch the explosion in No. 3 fireroom, but without consideration for his own safety, passed Daly on and then assisted in rescuing another injured man from No. 3 fireroom. Trinidad was himself burned about the face by the blast from the explosion in No. 3 fireroom."
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  1914-1918, F2c-0000, USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6)

Fireman Second Class

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Fireman Second Class

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 USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6) Details

USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6)
Hull number CA-6

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Surface Vessels

Heavy Cruiser

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Last Updated: Aug 8, 2019
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12 Members Also There at Same Time
USS San Diego (ACR/CA-6)

Christy, Harley Hannibal, VADM, (1891-1934) OFF 00X Captain
McCain, John, ADM, (1906-1945) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Steele, James Mortimer, CAPT, (1916-1946) OFF 116X Ensign
Smith, Charles, CPO, (1913-1919) BM BM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Froehlich, Herman, CPO, (1912-1942) CM CM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Merriam, Roy Stuart, Cox, (1917-1918) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Winslow, Cameron McRae, ADM, (1875-1919) Admiral
Bradley, Willis Winter, CAPT, (1906-1946) Lieutenant
Cary, Robert Webster, RADM, (1914-1945) Ensign
Wead, Frank, CDR, (1916-1944) Ensign
Oldendorf, Jesse Bartlett, ADM, (1909-1948) Lieutenant
Loomis, Donald Wood, RADM, (1917-1949) Ensign

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