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Burke G. Hanford
Born (1872-12-17)December 17, 1872
Died April 11, 1928(1928-04-11) (aged 55)
Place of birth Toledo, Ohio
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist
Unit USS Newark
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Burke Gaius Hanford (December 17, 1872 – April 11, 1928) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Hanford was born December 17, 1872 in Toledo, Ohio, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Machinist First Class to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.[1]

He died April 11, 1928, and is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego.[2] His grave can be found in Acacia Grave 1523, GPS (lat/lon): 32.42475, -117.06544.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 17 December 1872, Toledo, Ohio. Accredited to: Ohio. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


Served with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China on 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. In the presence of the enemy during this period, Hanford distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "HANFORD, BURKE". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Burke Hanford". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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