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Johannes J. Johannessen
Born (1872-05-13)May 13, 1872
Died November 14, 1915(1915-11-14) (aged 43)
Place of birth Bodø, Norway
Place of burial Cypress Hills National Cemetery Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Watertender
Unit USS Iowa (BB-4)
Awards Medal of Honor

Johannes J. Johannessen (May 13, 1872 – November 14, 1915) was a sailor serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Johannessen was born May 13, 1872 in Bodø, Norway and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Iowa (BB-4) as a chief watertender when, on January 25, 1905 a manhole plate blew out of boiler D. For his actions received the Medal of Honor March 20, 1905.[1][2]

He died November 14, 1915 and is buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery Brooklyn, New York.[3] His grave can be found in section 2, grave 7425.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy. Born: 13 May 1872, Bodø, Norway. Enlisted at: Yokohama, Japan. G.O. No.: 182, 20 March 1905.


Serving on board the U.S.S. Iowa, for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Johannessen, Johannes J. entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  2. "Iowa". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. February 8, 2006. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Johannes J. Johannessen". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. December 21, 2002. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 

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