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World War I - U.S. Navy

Frank Monroe Upton

  • Rank: Quartermaster (Highest Rank: Ensign)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Stewart
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 17, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Quiberon Bay, France

For extraordinary heroism following internal explosion of the Florence H, on 17 April 1918. The sea in the vicinity of wreckage was covered by a mass of boxes of smokeless powder, which were repeatedly exploding. Frank M. Upton, 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 the danger from continual explosion of similar powder boxes in the vicinity, he risked his life to save the life of this man.

Medal of Honor Recipient Frank M. Upton
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank M. Upton
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Colorado
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: April 29, 1896, Loveland, Larimer County, CO, United States
  • Died: June 25, 1962
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (8-55-A), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Mt. Pleasant, SC

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