Born at Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1856, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving on the USS Tallapoosa on August 21, 1884.
He died on September 20, 1945 and was buried in Section 17 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: First Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1856, Washington, D.C. Accredited to: Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.
Served on board the U.S.S. Tallapoosa at the time of the sinking of that vessel, on the night of 21 August 1884. Remaining at his post of duty in the fireroom until the fires were put out by the rising waters, Harrington opened the safety valves when the water was up to his waist.
- 1ST CL FIREMAN US NAVY
- DATE OF DEATH: 09/20/1945
- BURIED AT: SECTION 17 SITE 23162-D
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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