John King was born in Ballinrobe, Ireland back in 1865. He was involved in an incident and was wanted by the local police, he made his way to the United States arriving in Vermont around 1893, he enlisted in the Navy serving on board the USS Massachusetts during the Spanish-American War. In 1900, he was transferred to the USS Vicksburg during the Philippine-American War.
In 1916, he was discharged from the Navy. However, at the beginning of World War I he reenlisted as a Chief serving in New York until 1919. After his retirement, I couldn’t find anything about him until his death in 1938, he is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
What you may not know about Chief John King is that he is only one of nineteen to receive the Medal of Honor twice.
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