Telesforo Trinidad

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Telesforo de la Cruz Trinidad

Birthplace: New Washington, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines
Death: May 08, 1968 (77)
Imus, Cavite, Calabarzon, Philippines
Immediate Family:

Son of Juan Fernandes Trinidad and Florentina de la Cruz
Husband of Eufemia Trinidad
Father of Teodorico Pagtakhan Trinidad; Consolacion Pagtakhan Trinidad; Patricio Trinidad and Private
Brother of Moracion de la Cruz Trinidad

Occupation: United States Navy personnel
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Telesforo Trinidad

Telesforo de la Cruz Trinidad (November 25, 1890-May 8, 1968) was a Filipino-American 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 Trinidad's Timeline

November 25, 1890
New Washington, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines
September 14, 1916
March 17, 1929
Imus, Cavite, Calabarzon, Philippines
May 8, 1968
Age 77
Imus, Cavite, Calabarzon, Philippines