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CMOHS.org - Chief Machinist's Mate ORMSBEE, FRANCIS EDWARD, JR., U.S. Navy

Recipient Detail

 

ORMSBEE, FRANCIS EDWARD, JR.

Rank: Chief Machinist's Mate
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 30 April 1892, Providence, R.l.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 436
Date of Issue: 12/31/1918
Accredited To: Florida
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ORMSBEE, FRANCIS EDWARD, JR. Photo
 
Citation

For extraordinary heroism while attached to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., on 25 September 1918. While flying with Ens. J. A. Jova, Ormsbee saw a plane go into a tailspin and crash about three-quarters of a mile to the right. Having landed near by, Ormsbee lost no time in going overboard and made for the wreck, which was all under water except the 2 wing tips. He succeeded in partially extricating the gunner so that his head wa0dGjWE3Djkoa6eg5RlF42 aAtl3yZvhand held him in this position until the speedboat arrived. Ormsbee then made a number of desperate attempts to rescue the pilot, diving into the midst of the tangled wreckage although cut about the hands, but was too late to save his life.