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Jesse Whitfield Covington
Birth: Sep. 16, 1889
Death: Nov. 21, 1966

World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Ship's Cook Third Class, United States Navy, during World War II. He was awarded his medal for service At sea aboard the "USS Stewart", on April 17, 1918. His citation reads "For extraordinary heroism following internal explosion of the Florence H. The sea in the vicinity of wreckage was covered by a mass of boxes of smokeless powder, which were repeatedly exploding. Jesse W. Covington, of the U.S.S. Stewart, plunged overboard to rescue a survivor who was surrounded by powder boxes and too exhausted to help himself, fully realizing that similar powder boxes in the vicinity were continually exploding and that he was thereby risking his life in saving the life of this man." 
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  Pearl Eleanor Crawford Covington (1884 - 1954)*
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Oak Grove Cemetery
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
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