US Navy to Title Destroyer For Telesforo Trinidad, Solely Filipino Medal of Honor Recipient

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has introduced {that a} future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer might be named the USS Telesforo Trinidad in honor of a Filipino sailor who rescued two crew members when their ship caught fireplace greater than a century in the past.

The Washington Submit experiences that Fireman Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad is the one Filipino within the US Navy to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He acquired the respect for his actions on the USS San Diego in 1915 and at a time when it could possibly be awarded for non-combat valor.

“Since being sworn in as Secretary, I’ve needed to honor his heroic actions by naming a ship after him,” Del Toro mentioned in an announcement launched Thursday. “This ship and her future crew might be a vital piece in strengthening our maritime superiority whereas additionally emphasizing the wealthy tradition and historical past of our naval heritage.”

Throughout pace and endurance trials on the USS San Diego on January 21, 1915, the ship suffered a number of boiler explosions. Regardless of being critically burned himself, Fireman Trinidad rescued two fellow crew from the burning engine room.

For his bravery, the Navy awarded Trinidad the Medal of Honor and a $100 gratuity. Trinidad survived the ordeal and lived an extended life, lastly passing away on the age of 77 on Could 8, 1968, in Imus, Cavite, Republic of the Philippines. 

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