1929 USN Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Lifesaving Medal
Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:34 AM
No name and rank of the recipient.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:50 AM
Amazing photo, but . . . is the life saving medal really so much larger than other medals? It looks amazing! I' guess I've never seen a photo of it being worn with other medals!
Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:54 AM
Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:39 PM
Medal of Honor
Silver Lifesaving Medal
Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:16 PM
Frank William Crilley.
Medal of Honor
Silver Lifesaving Medal
During the Vietnam War, the heavy lift Salvage craft used by Harbor Clearance Unit One (HCU-1) at Subic Bay, R.P. was renamed and commissioned USS CRILLEY (YHLC-1) in 1967
YHLC-1 Class Salvage Lifting Craft, Heavy http://www.navsource...ves/14/6001.htm
Photo of Master Diver Crilley in Mark V Diving suit from Arlington National Cemetery Website
Edited by Salvage Sailor, 12 October 2017 - 03:17 PM.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:13 PM
Very nice indeed!! Do we know how Crilley earned the Silver Lifesaving Medal? Your biography above only mentions the CMH and SS.
Edited by themick, 12 October 2017 - 06:14 PM.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:34 PM
According to a notice in "Our Navy" magazine, May 1916, he was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal for the rescue of the diver during the F-4 salvage operation in 1915
Our Navy - see page 37 https://books.google...g medal&f=false
The Medal of Honor was awarded later for the same operation.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:40 PM
More info on photo posted by roadrunner
On April 17, 1915, Crilley, by then a chief gunner's mate, participated in a dive to inspect the wreck of the submarine USS F-4 (SS-23) in preparation for a salvage operation. The F-4 had sunk weeks earlier in 300 feet (91 m) of water off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Another diver, Chief Gunner's Mate William F. Loughman, became trapped underwater while returning to the surface after examining one of the F-4's hawsers. Loughman's lifeline and air hose became tangled in the hawser, preventing him from either ascending or descending. Crilley voluntarily dove down and untangled the lines, allowing Loughman to be pulled to safety. For these actions, he was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal in April 1916 and the Medal of Honor on November 19, 1928, thirteen years after the rescue.
Medal of Honor Citation
For display of extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession above and beyond the call of duty during the diving operations in connection with the sinking in a depth of water 304 feet, of the U.S.S. F-4 with all on board, as a result of loss of depth control, which occurred off Honolulu, T.H., on 25 March 1915. On 17 April 1915, William F. Loughman, chief gunner's mate, U.S. Navy, who had descended to the wreck and had examined one of the wire hawsers attached to it, upon starting his ascent, and when at a depth of 250 feet beneath the surface of the water, had his lifeline and air hose so badly fouled by this hawser that he was unable to free himself; he could neither ascend nor descend. On account of the length of time that Loughman had already been subjected to the great pressure due to the depth of water, and of the uncertainty of the additional time he would have to be subjected to this pressure before he could be brought to the surface, it was imperative that steps be taken at once to clear him. Instantly, realizing the desperate case of his comrade, Crilley volunteered to go to his aid, immediately donned a diving suit and descended. After a lapse of time of 2 hours and 11 minutes, Crilley was brought to the surface, having by a superb exhibition of skill, coolness, endurance and fortitude, untangled the snarl of lines and cleared his imperiled comrade, so that he was brought, still alive, to the surface.
Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Chief Gunner's Mate Frank William Crilley, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and fearless devotion to duty during the diving operations in connection with the salvage of the U.S.S. S-4, sunk as a result of a collision off Provincetown, Massachusetts, 17 December 1927. During the period 17 December 1927 to 17 March 1928, on which latter date the ill-fated vessel was raised, Chief Gunner's Mate Crilley, under the most adverse weather conditions, at the risk of his life, descended many times into the icy waters and displayed throughout that period fortitude, skill, determination and courage which characterizes conduct above and beyond the call of duty
Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:31 AM
Thank you very much for the information.
It is an absolutely impressive story about a hero.
Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:19 AM
From the Annual Report of the Coast Guard, 1916...
Edited by MastersMate, 13 October 2017 - 08:21 AM.
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