God in his all-wise providence has been pleased to take from amongst us our friend and messmate, John Thomas Donnelly and
In the sorrow that has come to us with his loss, we deem it our duty to put on record, our apprciation of those qualities, of head and heart, which in life endeared him to us, and
In the circumstances which attended his death he displayed a heroism and a devotion to duty, which won the unstinted priase, not alone of his captain and officers, but of the president of the United States and the Secretary of the Navy, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED
That while we sincerely mourn his loss we gratefully acknowledge the glory which his heroic death has reflected upon the Naval Service, upon the ship which he loved, and upon us individually; and that in the fullness of our comingled sorrow and pride we promise to hold his name in lasting remembrance amongst us, and to cherish as an inspiration his devotion to duty, his patriotism, and his sincere good-fellowship.
BE IT RESOLVED
That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the relatives of our departed friend with the assurance of our abiding sympathy, and our congratulations on the honor which our departed comrade conferred upon them, both in the uprightness of his life, and the heroism of his death. December, 1904.
THE ENLISTED MEN OF THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI."
On April 13, 1904, during target practice, a flareback from the port gun in the USS Missouri's after turret ignited a powder charge and set off two others. No explosion occurred but the rapid burning of the powder suffocated 36 of the crew. Prompt action prevented the loss of the warship and three of her crew earned Medals of Honor for extraordinary heroism.