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Heinrich Behnke
Born (1882-04-10)April 10, 1882
Died June 19, 1952(1952-06-19) (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
Rank Chief Watertender
Unit USS Iowa (BB-4)
Awards Medal of Honor

Heinrich Behnke (April 10, 1882 – June 19, 1952) was a seaman first class serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Behnke was born April 10, 1882 in Germany and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy in 1902.[1] 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.[2][3]

He died June 19, 1952 and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, New York.[4]

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.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. Service Profile
  2. 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. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  3. "Iowa". Dictonary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. Russ Dodge (May 04, 2000). "Heinrich Behnke (Medal of Honor)". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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