Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 26 July 1896, Los Animas,
Colo. Accredited to: Nebraska. G.O. No.: 366, 1918.
Citation: For extraordinary
heroism on 23 July 1917, while the U.S.S. Pittsburgh was proceeding to
Buenos Aires, Argentina. A 3-inch saluting charge exploded, causing the
death of C. T. Lyles, seaman. Upon the explosion, Graves was blown to the
deck, but soon recovered and discovered burning waste on the deck. He put
out the burning waste while the casemate was filled with clouds of smoke,
knowing that there was more powder there which might explode.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)