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Thomas Stanton
Born (1869-08-11)August 11, 1869
Died May 7, 1950(1950-05-07) (aged 80)
Place of birth Ireland
Place of burial Saint Columba Catholic Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist's Mate
Unit USS North Dakota (BB-29)
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Stanton (August 11, 1869 – May 7, 1950) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


He was born August 11, 1869 in Ireland and after immigrating to the United States he joined the Navy from New York. By September 8, 1910, was serving as a chief machinist's mate on the USS North Dakota (BB-29).[1] On that day, while the North Dakota was conducting tests using oil as fuel, an explosion occurred, killing three sailors and endangering the ship. In the engine room, pieces of hot coal and coke floated in waist-high hot water, oil was aflame above one of the boilers, and the entire room was filled with smoke, steam, and fumes. Despite these dangers, Stanton and five other men of the ship's engineering department entered the engine room to haul the boiler fires and perform other tasks necessary to prevent a boiler explosion. After ensuring the safety of the ship, they then searched for and removed the bodies of the three sailors killed in the initial explosion.[2]

For these actions, Stanton and the five other men were awarded the Medal of Honor a month later, on October 4. The others were Chief Machinist's Mate Karl Westa, Chief Watertender August Holtz, Chief Watertender Patrick Reid, Machinist's Mate First Class Charles C. Roberts, and Watertender Harry Lipscomb.[1]

Stanton died May 7, 1950 at age 80 and was buried at Saint Columba Catholic Cemetery in Middletown, Rhode Island.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Stanton's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the fire on board the U.S.S. North Dakota, 8 September 1910.[1]

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