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CMOHS.org - Chief Metalsmith McDONALD, JAMES HARPER, U.S. Navy

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McDONALD, JAMES HARPER

Rank: Chief Metalsmith
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 15 July 1900, Scotland
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Washington, D.C.
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Place / Date: Area at sea of sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus, 23 May 1939
 
 


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Citation

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a master diver throughout the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus on 23 May 1939. His leadership, masterly skill, general efficiency, and untiring devotion to duty in directing diving operations, and in making important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions, characterize conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.