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Peacetime

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

Robert Earl Bonney

Robert Earl Bonney

Rank: Chief Wartender
Organization: U.S. Navy
Action Place: Aboard U.S.S. Hopkins off the West Coast of the United States
(February 14, 1910)
Born: November 23, 1882, Maryville, Tennessee
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.
Aditional 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.