|Born||April 10, 1882|
|Died||June 19, 1952(aged 70)|
|Place of birth||Germany|
|Place of burial||Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1902 - 1925|
|Unit||USS Iowa (BB-4)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Behnke was born April 10, 1882 in Germany and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy in 1902. He was stationed aboard the USS Iowa (BB-4) as a seaman first class when, on January 25, 1905 a manhole plate blew out of boiler D. For his actions received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 10 April 1882, Germany. Accredited to: Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 182, 20 March 1905.
While serving aboard the U.S.S. Iowa, Behnke displayed extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.
- ↑ Service Profile
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Behnke, Heinrich entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/inter1901-11.html. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Iowa". Dictonary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/i2/iowa-ii.htm. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- ↑ Russ Dodge (May 04, 2000). "Heinrich Behnke (Medal of Honor)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9224. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Heinrich Behnke (Medal of Honor)". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1239. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
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