b. 07/02/1865 Ballinrobe, Ireland. d. 20/05/1938 Hot Springs, Arkansas.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/05/1901 USS Vicksburg.
Born in the village of Currabee, near Ballinrobe (then in County Galway, now County Mayo), Ireland, King was allegedly involved in an incident at Cornmarket Ballinrobe, a result of which he was being sought by the R.I.C. (Royal Irish Constabulary). He walked 18 miles to Tuam Co Galway and took the train, rather than going from Ballinrobe railway station, eventually arriving in then Queenstown, now Cobh Co Cork. He then worked for his passage to the USA. King later enlisted in the Navy as a coal passer in Vermont on July 20, 1893. He served on board USS Massachusetts in the Caribbean during the Spanish–American War, and, in 1900, was transferred to USS Vicksburg for service during the Philippine–American War.
King received his first Medal of Honor while in Vicksburg "for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the accident to the boilers... May 29, 1901." Eight years later, while a watertender on the USS Salem, King received a second Medal of Honor during another boiler explosion on September 13, 1909. Advanced to chief watertender on October 1, 1909, he continued to serve at sea until discharged in 1916.
The beginning of World War I, however, brought Chief King back on active duty; he served in New York until August 20, 1919.
He lived in retirement until his death on May 20, 1938.
On board the U.S.S. Vicksburg, for heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the accident to the boilers, 29 May 1901.
BURIAL LOCATION: CALVARY CEMETERY, HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS.
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