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David Hepburn
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1869
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: May 8, 1946
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

David Hepburn was serving as Chief Gunners Mate on the United States Torpedo Boat the "USS Ericsson" (TB-2) during the battle of Santiago Bay, Cuba on July 3rd, 1898.

CGM Hepburn was one of the 93 official recipients of the Specially Meritorious Service Medal for acts of gallantry or heroism, not involving armed combat with an enemy, while operating in the territorial waters of Cuba in the year 1898.

The medal is engraved on the back with the recipients name and "For rescuing crew from and in close proximity to burning ships" and was given to those that helped to save the hundreds of Spanish Sailors from the decimated Spanish Fleet after the battle by pulling them to safety aboard the US ships. The USTB Ericsson was one of the ships involved in the rescue.

Census data:

1870: Washington DC
David Hepburn (70, DC) Head, bricklayer
Ann M (69, VA) Wife
Henry C (38, DC) Son, carpenter
Harriet (38, DC) Daughter-in-law
Maud (11, DC) Grand-daughter
Harry (7, DC) Grand-son
David (2, DC) Grand-son
Martha Hollister (14, DC) Servant

1880: Washington DC
Henry Hepburn (49, DC) Head, carpenter
Harriet (48, DC) Wife
Maud (20, DC) Daughter
Harry (16, DC) Son
David (12, DC) Son
William (9, DC) Son
Ann (80, VA) Mother, widow

David marries Cassie McGinty about 1894

1900: Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
(298 Concord Street)
David Hepburn (29, Oct 1870, DC) Head, Naval Officer(Serving on board the USS Monongcheda as Acting Gunner)
Cassie (25, Oct 1874, Ireland) Wife, married 6 yrs, 1 child (Immg. 1884)
Elsia (5, Jan 1895, NY) Daughter
William McGinty (32, Dec 1867, Ireland) Brother-in-law, cook USN(Immg. 1884)(Serving on the USRS Vermont)

1920: Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
(US Receiving ship Bay Ridge)
David Hepburn, Lt. (52, DC) Widowed
Daughter has moved to LA and is working as a stenographer at a real-estate office.

1930: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California
"La Bertha Apartments" South Oxford Avenue
David Hepburn (61, DC) Head, retired widower

1940: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California
David Hepburn (71, DC) Head, retired widower

David's only child Elsa Veronica Hepburn went on to marry Italian immigrant Victor Merlo aka Angelo John Misuraca. They do not appear to have had any children. Victor died 18 December 1962 in Santa Barbara, California. Esla died 22 May 1982 in Santa Barbara, California. 
Family links: 
  Henry Clay Hepburn (1830 - 1891)
  Annie Hepburn (____ - 1870)*
  Olive Hepburn (____ - 1867)*
  Harriet Elizabeth Hepburn (____ - 1858)*
  Maude Emily Hepburn Cornwall (1859 - 1928)*
  David Hepburn (1869 - 1946)
*Calculated relationship
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: 230, 3 RW
Maintained by: Dee Winter
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3716768
David Hepburn
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This is a 7th Grade Clear Creek Middle School Geography Class. We found an old sailors U.S. Navy Ship log. Its was about petty officer named David Hepburn, it had lots of documents and details about his military career, health,service details, and tattoos...(Read more)
- kevin james
 Added: Oct. 6, 2016
Well done Lt. Hepburn, may you rest in peace.
- Mark Dutton
 Added: Aug. 25, 2010

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