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George Robert Cholister


U.S. Navy
Medal Of Honor

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At 3:35 on the afternoon of October 20, 1924, while the U.S.S. Trenton was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, two charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and ten died later from burns and inhalation of flames and gases. The six others were severely injured. Boatswain's Mate First Class George Cholister, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder from the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Cholister could accomplish his purpose. He fell unconscious while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates and died the following day.

Also earning a Medal of Honor in this action was Ensign Henry Drexler, who also died of his injuries.

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