|Born||December 24, 1870|
|Died||March 5, 1910(aged 39)|
|Place of birth||Austria|
|Place of burial||San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||USS Bennington (PG-4)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Grbitch was born December 24, 1870 in Austria and joined the Navy from Ohio. On July 21, 1905, a boiler exploded aboard the USS Bennington (PG-4) while it was at San Diego, California and sank. During the explosion 66 sailors were killed and almost everyone else on the ship was injured. For his actions during the explosion he received the Medal of Honor January 5, 1906.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 24 December 1870, Austria. Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 13, 5 January 1906.
On board the U.S.S. Bennington, for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1901-1911". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/inter1901-11.html. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- ↑ "Bennington". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Command. February 8, 2006. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b5/bennington-i.htm. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- ↑ Richard Hrazanek (July 31, 2004). "Rade Grbitch". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9208894. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- "Rade Grbitch". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2611. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
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