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John Everetts
Born (1873-08-25)August 25, 1873
Died September 12, 1956(1956-09-12) (aged 83)
Place of birth Thorold, Ontario
Place of burial Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Gunner's Mate
Unit USS Cushing
Awards Medal of Honor

John Everetts (August 25, 1873 – September 12, 1956) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born on August 25, 1873, in Thorold, Ontario, Everetts immigrated to the United States and was living in New York City when he joined the Navy.[1] By February 11, 1898, he was serving as a gunner's mate third class on the USS Cushing. On that day, he and Ship's Cook First Class Daniel Atkins attempted unsuccessfully to rescue Ensign Joseph Breckinridge, who had fallen overboard. For this action, both Everetts and Atkins were awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on May 20, 1898.[2]

Everetts's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Cushing, 11 February 1898, Everetts displayed gallant conduct in attempting to save the life of the late Ens. Joseph C. Breckinridge, U.S. Navy, who fell overboard at sea from that vessel.[2]

Everetts reached the rank of chief petty officer before leaving the Navy. He died on September 12, 1956, at age 83 and was buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Suffolk County, New York.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. "John Everetts". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871–1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  3. "John Everetts". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. May 4, 2000. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 

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