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Walter Atlee Edwards

Walter Atlee Edwards

Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor
  • Born: 8 November 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Organization: United States Navy
  • Accredited To: Pennsylvania
  • Other Navy Award: Navy Cross

Citation

 

For heroism in rescuing 482 men, women and children from the French military transport Vinh-Long, destroyed by fire in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. Lt. Comdr. Edwards, commanding the U.S.S. Bainbridge, placed his vessel alongside the bow of the transport and, in spite of several violent explosions which occurred on the burning vessel, maintained his ship in that position until all who were alive were taken on board. Of a total of 495 on board, 482 were rescued by his coolness, judgment and professional skill, which were combined with a degree of heroism that must reflect new glory on the U.S. Navy.

 
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