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Larry B. Edwards

Awarded 25 June 1962

For extreme and heroic daring on the night of 12 January 1961, while serving as coxswain of the CG-36454, engaged in the attempted rescue of two persons from the F/V Mermaid, disabled in Peacock Spit at the north entrance of the Columbia River.  SNBM Larry B. Edwards left the Cape Disappointment Lifeboat Station and skillfully took the CG-36454 across the Columbia River bar.  There he located and stood by the CG-40564 which had the F/V Mermaid in tow, awaiting the arrival of the CG-52301.  During this time, the wind increased to gale force and the seas rapidly built up to thirty feet in height damaging the CG-36454.  However, disregarding the impairment, Edwards proceeded to escort the CG-40564 across the bar.  Suddenly, a large breaker swept over the CG-36454, flooring the crewmembers and destroying all communications.  Simultaneously, the CG-40564 capsized.  Immediately, Edwards maneuvered the CG-36454 in the darkness to rescue the three crewmembers of the 40-footer, found clinging to the overturned boat.  Although severely handicapped by several more large breakers, he took the men aboard and piloted the sinking CG-36454 to safety.  Edwards' skill, outstanding courage, fortitude and complete disregard for his own personal safety during this ordeal reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

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