Holyoke Man Given Italian War Cross

by Laurel | January 27th, 2014

27 January 1935

John S. Mackenzie

John S. Mackenzie
Medal of Honor Recipient

John Mackenzie Already Holder of United States Congressional Medal of Honor

Holyoke, January 27 — John Mackenzie of 112 Nonotuck Street, Formerly of South Hadley Falls, has received from the Italian government the Italian War Cross. He already held the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving the crew of the U.S. converted yacht Remlik when a depth bomb got loose and began to roll about the deck. Mackenzie seized the bomb and held it until it could be secured. Depth bombs are not considered healthful playthings, and his deed was noticed by the government.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Suggested Holyoke Books

Mountain Park -- The Holyoke destination we all loved.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College, Postcard History by Donna Albino. Many Holyoke women have attended Mount Holyoke. Author also maintains an amazing MHC website based upon her personal collection.

Holyoke - Chicopee, A Perspective

Holyoke-Chicopee: A Perspective, by Ella Merkel DiCarlo. DiCarlo, a former Transcript columnist offers a fascinating compilation of her essays. Published in 1982, this out-of-print book is worth looking for in the aftermarket.


Holyoke, by Craig Della Penna. The first Holyoke book in the Arcadia series, published in 1997.

Belle Skinner Collection

Belle Skinner Collection, by Ruth Isabel Skinner. Published in 1933, this book is long out of print but copies are still available in the aftermarket.

Mitch Epstein: Family Business

Mitch Epstein: Family Business Published in 2003, available in the aftermarket. Epstein's furniture.