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Interim 1920 - 1940 - U.S. Navy

William Merrill Corry Jr.

  • Rank: Lieutenant Commander
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1920 - 1940
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 2, 1920
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Hartford, Connecticut, USA
For heroic service in attempting to rescue a brother officer from a flame-enveloped airplane. On 2 October 1920, an airplane in which Lt. Comdr. Corry was a passenger crashed and burst into flames. He was thrown 30 feet clear of the plane and, though injured, rushed back to the burning machine and endeavored to release the pilot. In so doing he sustained serious burns, from which he died four days later.
Medal of Honor Recipient William M. Corry Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient William M. Corry Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Florida
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: October 5, 1889, Quincy, Gadsden County, FL, United States
  • Died: October 6, 1920, Hartford, CT, United States
  • Buried: Eastern Cemetery (PM) , Quincy, FL, United States

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