KING (VETERAN SAW, FAMOUS), JOHN - Garland County, Arkansas | JOHN KING (VETERAN SAW, FAMOUS) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos


Calvary Cemetery
Garland County,

Spanish American War
February 7, 1862 – May 20, 1938
2 Medals Of Honor

John King was born in Ireland and died in Garland County, Arkansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 20, 1893, in Vermont, and his rank was Water Tender. He served on board the USS Massachusetts during the Spanish American War, and on the USS Vicksburg during the Philippine American War. Only nineteen people have received two Congressional Medals of Honor, and John King was one of them. On December 6, 1901, he received a Congressional Medal of Honor for Peace Time Heroism, while serving on on board the USS Vicksburg, “for heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the accident to the boilers, May 29, 1901,” and on October 19, 1909, he received a Congressional Medal of Honor for Peace Time Heroism, while serving on board the USS Salem, “for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the accident to one of the boilers of that vessel, September 13, 1909.” World War I brought Chief King back on active duty. He was promoted to CWT (Chief Water Tender), and served at New York until August 20, 1919. Chief King was honored by having the USS John King, a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer in the United States Navy, named after him. The John King was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on August 25, 1958, launched on January 30, 1960, and commissioned on February 4, 1961.

References for the Biography:
Ref:, Arkansas Death Index, county of death.
[Sites accessed October 2008, Sept. 2010]

Contributed on 10/4/08 by mitzibitzi2
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Submitted: 10/4/08 • Approved: 9/14/10 • Last Updated: 1/7/22 • R72025-G0-S3

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