b. 17/06/1875 Dublin, Ireland. d. 23/10/1924 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 08/09/1910 USS North Dakota.
Reid was born on June 17, 1875, in Dublin, Ireland. He joined the U.S. Navy from New York and by September 8, 1910, was serving as a chief watertender on the USS North Dakota (BB-29). On that day, while the North Dakota was conducting tests using oil as fuel, an explosion occurred, killing three sailors and endangering the ship. In the engine room, pieces of hot coal and coke floated in waist-high hot water, oil was aflame above one of the boilers, and the entire room was filled with smoke, steam, and fumes. Despite these dangers, Reid and five other men of the ship's engineering department entered the engine room to haul the boiler fires and perform other tasks necessary to prevent a boiler explosion. After ensuring the safety of the ship, they then searched for and removed the bodies of the three sailors killed in the initial explosion.
For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the fire on board the U.S.S. North Dakota where Reid was serving, 8 September 1910
BURIAL LOCATION: SAINT JOHNS CEMETERY, MIDDLE VILLAGE, NEW YORK.
Section 20, Range S, Grave 287
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