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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

Henry A Eilers

  • Rank: Gunner's Mate (Highest Rank: Gunner)
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Philadelphia
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 17, 1892
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
On board the U.S.S. Philadelphia during the sham attack on Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md., 17 September 1892. Displaying extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on this occasion, Eilers remained at his post in the magazine and stamped out the burning particles of a prematurely exploded cartridge which had blown down the chute.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: August 11, 1870, Newark, Essex County, NJ, United States
  • Died: June 30, 1901
  • Buried: Cypress Hills Cemetery (Private) (section 6, lot 202B), Brooklyn, NY, United States

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