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John Stokes

Born: Jun 12, 1871

Death: Feb 14, 1923

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

John Stokes

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1871
Date of Death : Feb 14, 1923
Birth Place : New York City

John S. Stokes was a Chief Master-at-Arms in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient. He was born in New York on June 12, 1871. He enlisted in the Navy and had risen to the rank of chief master-at-arms when, on March 31, 1899, on board the armored cruiser USS New York he jumped overboard to assist in the rescue of a fellow sailor who was in danger of drowning. For this action he was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 29, 1899. He was appointed to the warrant officer rank of boatswain on January 31, 1907 and retired from the Navy on July 26, 1911. He spent the last years of his life at the US Navy Treatment Hospital in Washington, D.C. He died on February 14, 1923 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 17, lot 20184.

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