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Interim 1915 - 1916 - U.S. Navy

Telesforo De la cruz Trinidad

  • Rank: Fireman Second Class
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1915 - 1916
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. San Diego
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 21, 1915
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near La Paz on board the U.S.S. San Diego, Philippine Islands

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the boiler explosion on board the U.S.S. San Diego, 21 January 1915. Trinidad was driven out of fireroom No. 2 by the explosion, but at once returned and picked up R.E. Daly, fireman second class, whom he saw injured, and proceeded to bring him out. While coming into No. 4 fireroom, Trinidad was just in time to catch the explosion in No. 3 fireroom, but without consideration for his own safety, passed Daly on and then assisted in rescuing another injured man from No. 3 fireroom. Trinidad was himself burned about the face by the blast from the explosion in No. 3 fireroom.

Medal of Honor Recipient Telesforo Trinidad
Medal of Honor Recipient Telesforo Trinidad
Additional Details
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 1915
  • Born: November 25, 1890, New Washington, Aklan, Panay, Philippine Islands
  • Died: May 8, 1968, Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: Imus Cemetery, Imus, Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippine Islands, Philippine Islands

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