Great News: US to name warship after Filipino sailor hero

Great News: US to name warship after Filipino sailor hero


Its nothing but a recognition of Filipino’s heroism and bravery.

The United States of America (USA) will name one of its future destroyers after a Filipino sailor who rescued two fellow crewmen when their ship caught fire more than a century ago.


In a tweet Thursday, US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced that the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named after Fireman Second Class Telesforo Trinidad, who joined the US Navy in 1901.

(An Arleigh Burke Destroyer and Petty Officer Telesforo Trinidad)
photo credit to owner)

"I am extremely honored to name one of our next Arleigh Burke Destroyers after Petty Officer Telesforo Trinidad the #Navy's only Filipino #Medal of Honor recipient! We remember Trinidad's life and legacy today during #AAPIHeritage Month," Del Toro said in his tweet.

Trinidad will be the first enlisted sailor and Medal of Honor recipient, and the first American of Filipino descent, to have a combat ship named after him.

Trinidad was part of the crew of the armored cruiser USS San Diego.


On Jan. 21, 1915, the San Diego was steaming in the Gulf of California as part of naval patrols to protect US interests and citizens in México.


The captain conducted 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, a tube in one of the ship's boilers exploded, sparking a fire that spread to the other boilers.

Nine men of the ship's crew were killed and several others were injured.

Here is an account of the incident from the May 1915 (Vol. IX) issue of Our Navy, the Standard Magazine of the United States Navy: "At the time of the explosion, Trinidad was driven out of fire room No. 2 by the force of the blast, but at once returned and picked up R.E. Daly, Fireman Second Class, whom he saw to be injured and proceeded to bring him out.

"While passing into Fire Room No. 4, Trinidad was just in time to catch the explosion in No. 3 Fire Room but without consideration for his own safety, although badly burned about the face, he passed Daly on and then assisted in rescuing another injured man from No. 3 Fire Room."

Trinidad "not only received a letter of commendation but also the much-prized Medal of Honor and a gratuity of one hundred dollars," according to the article.

Trinidad was born on Nov. 25, 1890 in New Washington, Aklan province. He enlisted in the US Navy as part of the Insular Force in the Philippines in 1910 and served during the First and Second World Wars until his retirement in 1945.

He lived in Imus, Cavite until his death on May 8, 1968 at the age of 77.









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Report from Manila Times


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