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First Name: John

Last Name: Maxwell

Birthplace: Scotland, GBR

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Firefighter Petty Officer 2nd Class

Date of Birth: 26 June 1875

Date of Death: 10 November 1931

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Second Class

Years Served:
John Maxwell

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


John Maxwell

Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Fireman Second Class John Maxwell (26 June 1875 - 10 November 1931) was a 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.

John Maxwell was born on 26 June 1875 in Scotland. After entering the Navy, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Marblehead.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Maxwell displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Death and Burial

Fireman Second Class John Maxwell died on 10 November 1931. He is buried at Westbury Friends Cemetery in Westbury, NY.

Honoree ID: 1917   Created by: MHOH




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