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CMOHS.org - Lieutenant Commander EDWARDS, WALTER ATLEE, U.S. Navy

Recipient Detail

 

EDWARDS, WALTER ATLEE

Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 8 November 1886, Philadelphia, Pa.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 123
Date of Issue: 02/04/1924
Accredited To: Pennsylvania
Place / Date: Sea of Marmora, Turkey, 16 December 1922
 
 


EDWARDS, WALTER ATLEE Photo
 
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.