Chief Master At Arms, United States Navy
of Honor Recipient: Seaman John Eglit
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 17 October 1874, Finland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation
of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing
the heavy fire of the enemy, Eglit set an example of extraordinary bravery
and coolness throughout this action.
Eglit was lost at sea off Virginia's Eastern
Shore in the sinking of the Old Dominion Steamer MONROE while a passenger
on that ship.
SEAMAN US NAVY
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/17/1874
DATE OF DEATH: 01/31/1914
BURIED AT: SECTION MI SITE 306-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson
Photo Courtesy of Eileen Horan, June 2010