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 John S Mackenzie

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John S Mackenzie

Birth
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 26 Dec 1933 (aged 47)
Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot sectionr lot 113
Memorial ID 7862802 View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Mackenzie served as a Chief Boatswain's Mate, United States Navy. He was awarded his medal for service during World War I. His citation reads-For extraordinary heroism while serving on board the U.S.S. Remlik, on the morning of 17 December 1917, when the Remlik encountered a heavy gale. During this gale, there was a heavy sea running. The depth charge box on the taffrail aft, containing a Sperry depth charge, was washed overboard, the depth charge itself falling inboard and remaining on deck. MacKenzie, on his own initiative, went aft and sat down on the depth charge, as it was impracticable to carry it to safety until the ship was headed up into the sea. In acting as he did, MacKenzie exposed his life and prevented a serious accident to the ship and probable loss of the ship and the entire crew.

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  • Added: 11 Sep 2003
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7862802/john-s-mackenzie : accessed ), memorial page for John S Mackenzie (7 Jul 1886–26 Dec 1933), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7862802, citing Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .