Fireman, United States Navy
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.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
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