b. 03/10/1873 Lodi, New Jersey. d. 11/02/1918 Brest, France.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/01/1905 USS Iowa.
Behne was born October 3, 1873, in Lodi, New Jersey and after joining the navy he was stationed aboard the USS Iowa (BB-4) as a Fireman First Class. On January 25, 1905 a manhole plate blew out of boiler D. For his actions in the aftermath of this incident, he received the Medal of Honor on March 20, 1905.
Behne later reached the rank of Chief Watertender. He died of pneumonia on February 11, 1918 while serving at a naval base in Brest, France, and was initially buried there in Kerfautas Cemetery. He was re-buried two years later on 23 May 1920 in Hackensack Cemetery in New Jersey.
On board the U.S.S. Iowa, 25 January 1905. Following the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D of that vessel, Behne displayed extraordinary heroism in the resulting action.
BURIAL LOCATION: HACKENSACK CEMETERY, HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY.
SECTION J, PLOT 206, GRAVE 1
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.