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 Frank Ebenezer Hill

Frank Ebenezer Hill

Birth
Lagrange, Lagrange County, Indiana, USA
Death 23 Sep 1932 (aged 52)
Indiana, USA
Burial Center Point, Clay County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 7135625 · View Source
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United States Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Ship's Cook First Class in the United States Navy on board the "Yorktown"-class steel-hulled, twin-screw gunboat "USS Bennington". He was on board the ship on July 21, 1905 when one of her boilers exploded, tearing the ship up and killing or mortally wounding a total of sixty-six sailors, and displayed what was deemed by the Navy as "extraordinary heroism" in saving lives after the explosion. The Official Naval Report of the incident stated "Ship’s cook first class Frank E. Hill stood in the hatch leading from sick bay at the moment of disaster. Hill turned and went below to retrieve injured men from passageways and machine shops filled with steam. He had been on the sick list for several days previously, and fainted on two occasions on gaining the deck with injured men, but continued the work". He and eleven other men were awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery that day (his official citation reads simply "On board the USS Bennington, for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Cal., 21 July 1905.")

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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 1 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7135625
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Ebenezer Hill (31 Jul 1880–23 Sep 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7135625, citing Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Clay County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .