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George Robert Cholister
Birth: Dec. 18, 1898
Camden County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1924
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA

US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Navy as a Boatswain's Mate First Class on board the light cruiser “USS Trenton” (CL-11). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during an accident while the ship was conducting gunnery drills near Norfolk, Virginia on October 20, 1924. His citation reads “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, 2 charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and 10 later from burns and inhalation of flames and gases. The 6 others were severely injured. 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”. His Medal was posthumously awarded to him by a Special Act of Congress on February 3, 1933. Ensign Henry Clay Drexler also lost his life in the fire on board the “Trenton”, and was also awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his heroism in the incident. The “USS Trenton” went on to fight in World War II, earning one Battle Star before being scrapped in 1946. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Family links: 
  Harold Cholister (1871 - 1936)
  Hannah Albertha Glanden Cholister (1874 - 1907)
  Russell B Cholister (1897 - 1950)*
  George Robert Cholister (1898 - 1924)
  Walter Scott Cholister (1902 - 1922)*
  Mary Elizabeth Cholister App (1906 - 1996)*
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Colestown Cemetery
Camden County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 6
GPS (lat/lon): 39.93305, -74.99183
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Feb 19, 2003
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