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Peacetime

There is only one Tennessean who received the Medal of Honor during peacetime.


Robert Earl Bonney

Rank: Chief Wartender

Organization: U.S. Navy

Born: November 23, 1882, Maryville, Tennessee

Place/Date: Aboard U.S.S. Hopkins off the West Coast of the United States, February 14, 1910

Citation: While serving on board the U.S.S. Hopkins, Bonney displayed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the accident to one of the boilers of that vessel, 14 February 1910.

Additional Information: Bonney is Tennessee’s only peacetime Medal of Honor recipient. He reached the warrant officer rank of Chief Machinist before retiring from the Navy.