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George B. Evans

Awarded on 27 February 1995

For extreme and heroic daring on the afternoon of 10 September 1994 when he assisted in the rescue of a young boy from the Ohio River at Fort Massac Park, Metropolis, IL.  While relaxing with his children at the park, Chief Petty Officer Evans heard cries for help.  He first saw two boys, who had been playing on a sandbar, in the water and then a man swimming toward one of the boys.  Without regard for his own personal safety, Chief Petty Officer Evans jumped into the river and swam after the other child. Upon reaching the victim, Chief Petty Officer Evans held the frightened child above water.  The victim, in his panic, attempted to climb on top of Chief Petty Officer Evan, pushing him under the water.  This, combined with the strong current and considerable undertow, exhausted Chief Petty Officer Evans.  Another man arrived and took over the rescue.  After the victim was taken from him, Chief Petty Officer Evans swam back toward the sandbar.  Too weak to make it safely back to the sandbar, he was pulled to safety by another man on the beach.  Chief Petty Officer Evans determined efforts, outstanding initiative, and fortitude during this rescue resulted in the saving of one life.  His unselfish actions and valiant service reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of humanitarian service.

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