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John Davis
Born (1878-10-28)October 28, 1878
Died June 9, 1970(1970-06-09) (aged 91)
Place of birth Germany
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Unit U.S.S. Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Davis (October 28, 1878- June 9, 1970) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Davis was born October 28, 1878, in Germany, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Gunner's Mate Third Class to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Marblehead.[1]

He was the last living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Spanish-American war when he died June 9, 1970, at the age of 92. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia and his grave can be found in section 11, lot 639-SS.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy. Place and date: On board U.S.S. Marblehead at Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 28 October 1878, Germany. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


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, Davis set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "DAVIS, JOHN". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  2. "John Davis (Medal of Honor, 1878)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 

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