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First Name: James

Last Name: Bennett

Birthplace: New York City, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Boatswain's Mate Chief Petty Officer

Home of Record: NY
Middle Name: H.

Date of Birth: 11 August 1877

Rank or Rate: Chief Petty Officer

Years Served:
James H. Bennett

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


James H. Bennett

Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Chief Boatswain's Mate James H. Bennett (11 August 1877 - unknown) was an U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.


Bennett was born 11 August 1877 in New York City, NY, and after entering the Navy, he was sent as a Chief Boatswain's Mate to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USSĀ Marblehead.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS Marblehead during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Bennett set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Honoree ID: 1853   Created by: MHOH




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