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CMOHS.org - Ship's Cook Third Class COVINGTON, JESSE WHITFIELD, U.S. Navy

Recipient Detail

 

COVINGTON, JESSE WHITFIELD

Rank: Ship's Cook Third Class
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 16 September 1889, Haywood, Tenn.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: California
G.O. Number: 403
Date of Issue: 12/31/1918
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At sea aboard the U.S.S. Stewart, 17 April 1918
 
 


COVINGTON, JESSE WHITFIELD Photo
 
Citation

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.