Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman

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Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: New Washington, Western Visayas, Philippines
Death: May 8, 1968 (77)
Imus, CALABARZON, Philippines
Occupation: USS San Diego
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman

Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad (November 25, 1890-May 8, 1968) was a Filipino[fireman 2nd class in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for actions, in Mexican waters near La Paz, on board the USS San Diego in peacetime. He was the second service member, and first and only sailor As of January 2011 of Asian descent to receive the award

Actions leading to the Medal of Honor

The captain of San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) decided to conduct a four-hour full-speed and endurance trial to determine if the cruiser could still maintain its officially rated flank speed. At the end of the trials an obstructed tube of one of the ship's boilers gave way, creating an eventual chain reaction of other boilers. The first explosion, in the No. 2 boiler, forced Trinidad from the fireroom as Ensign R. W. Cary, Jr. was closing the door. Trinidad then realized that his crewmate, Fireman Second Class R. W. Daly, was still inside. Risking his own life, Trinidad re-entered the smoke-filled fireroom and carried him out to safety while Ensign Cary secured the door. However, as Trinidad carried Daly through the No. 4 fireroom, an explosion of the No. 3 boiler hit Trinidad, burning him in the face. After seeing Daly to safety and in spite of his own injury, Trinidad then assisted in rescuing another injured crewman from the No. 3

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Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman's Timeline

November 25, 1890
New Washington, Western Visayas, Philippines
May 8, 1968
Age 77
Imus, CALABARZON, Philippines