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CMOHS.org - Seaman GRAVES, ORA, U.S. Navy

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GRAVES, ORA

Rank: Seaman
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 26 July 1896, Los Animas, Colo.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 366
Date of Issue: 12/31/1918
Accredited To: Nebraska
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Citation

For extraordinary heroism on 23 July 1917, while the U.S.S. Pittsburgh was proceeding to Buenos Aires, Argentina. A 3-inch saluting charge exploded, causing the death of C. T. Lyles, seaman. Upon the explosion, Graves was blown to the deck, but soon recovered and discovered burning waste on the deck. He put out the burning waste while the casemate was filled with clouds of smoke, knowing that there was more powder there which might explode.