John King

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (19)

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I bet he would have loved to have worked on his namesake Destroyer the USS John King and gotten away from that steam and those boilers. Tough work and a tough man to be awarded two Medals of Honor. Thank You Chief King!

Feb 11, 2021 01:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... enough of an honor to receive this once, much less twice!

Feb 11, 2021 01:14 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Amazing to think of someone with that much heroism

Feb 11, 2021 03:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray -  an accomplished individual who didn't have the right publicity agent.

Feb 11, 2021 03:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a rather common name in some respects but an uncommon man in many other ways.   Thank you for sharing another story.  

Feb 11, 2021 04:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A man of valor!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 11, 2021 04:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 11, 2021 04:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A two time recipient is a man truly deserving respect. Enjoy your day.

Feb 11, 2021 04:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When I first started reading I was thinking that it was going to be a story about a crook from another country becoming a politician in the USA and becoming quite wealthy, haha.

Feb 11, 2021 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

WOW, truly a man of valor James Dray . When I read about the men in the ND Medal of Honor Memorial (a block from my home) they all have amazing stories. I will have to look up John King and see his acts of heroism.

Feb 11, 2021 05:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

the highest honor of our country  twice, that is amazing. Happy Thursday. 

Feb 11, 2021 06:57 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray thank you once again for a highly engaging story about someone I hadn't heard about previously. You have such a wonderful resource for these stories

Feb 11, 2021 08:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and wow to get this medal twice is so great and a honor to him.  Make it a great day!


Feb 11, 2021 08:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Very impressive that he received the prestigious Medal of Honor twice

Feb 11, 2021 09:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- that is quite an honor and thank you Kevin J. May for the additional information. 

Feb 11, 2021 10:23 AM
Kevin J. May

Any  double recipient of Medals of Honor needs a more thorough look. Remarkable to say the least Kathy Streib.

Feb 12, 2021 02:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I had never heard of someone getting the Medal of Honor twice James. That's quite the accomplishment.

Feb 11, 2021 02:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was of John King's prestigious career. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Feb 11, 2021 07:50 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Looks like he fully redeemed his youthful follies by leading a life of service.

Feb 27, 2021 08:42 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The requirements for the Medal of Honor were standardized among all the services, requiring that a recipient had distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

Feb 27, 2021 11:12 AM