Video Report By Jeff Zevely, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On this Veterans Day, a local hero who was a Medal of Honor recipient is being remembered in Coronado.
William Cronan was honored for helping his shipmates during a disaster and Monday his memorial is being decorated in the spirit of Veterans Day. Cronan was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1905.
He earned the nation's highest military award after a boiler explosion aboard the USS Bennington. The explosion killed 62 men and injured several others. Despite his own injuries, Cronan and his fellow crewmates climbed back on board and helped pull injured and dying sailors from the vessel. Ten others were also awarded the Medal of Honor for their efforts that day.
"We are honored to be the home of many veterans and we are especially proud of Mr. Cronan and his heroic acts 108 years ago," Coronado City Manager Blair King said. "We hope Coronado residents remember this veteran's important contribution to his country and help us share his story."
Cronan lived in Coronado for 30 years after retiring from the Navy as a lieutenant commander. He died in 1959, and is buried near the Bennington memorial at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
The bench honoring Cronan is located on Pomona Avenue.