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Interim 1920 - 1940 - U.S. Navy

Orson Leon Crandall

  • Rank: Chief Boatswain's Mate (Highest Rank: Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1920 - 1940
  • Unit/Command:
    Submarine Rescue & Salvage Unit,
    U.S.S. Falcon
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 23, 1939
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Portsmouth, southeast off the Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire, USA
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 and 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.
Medal of Honor Recipient Orson L. Crandall
Medal of Honor Recipient Orson L. Crandall
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Connecticut
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 19, 1940
    Washington, D.C., presented by Sec. of the Navy Charles Edison
  • Born: February 2, 1903, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, United States
  • Died: May 10, 1960, St. Petersburg, FL, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (48-2004), Arlington, VA, United States

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