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John J. Clausey

United states navy medal of honor recipient
The basics
AKA John Clausey
Date of birth San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, U.S.A.
Date of death Sep 09, 1951
Awards Medal of Honor
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John Joseph Clausey (May 16, 1875 – September 9, 1951) was a chief gunner's mate serving in the United States Navy during who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Clausey was born May 16, 1875 in San Francisco, California and joined the navy where he was stationed aboard the USS Bennington (PG-4) as a chief gunner's mate. On July 21, 1905 one of the USS Bennington's boilers exploded while it was in San Diego, California. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor on January 5, 1906.

Clausey was warranted as a gunner on February 3, 1908 and promoted to chief gunner on February 3, 1914. During World War I he received a temporary promotion to lieutenant on July 1, 1918.

He was promoted to permanently to lieutenant on December 31, 1921 and retired from the Navy on August 1, 1929.

He died September 9, 1951 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, California. His grave can be found in section C, grave 121-B.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: May 16, 1875, San Francisco, Calif. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: January 13, 5, 1906.


On board the U.S.S. Bennington for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905.

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