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Paul R. Kelliher

Awarded on 30 June 1928

On 5 March 1928, as SN1 George Franklin was assisting USCGC Raritan to make a mooring, at the barge office, New York City, he stumbled over a timber and fell backwards into the water. His head struck on Raritan’s rail as he went down between the vessel and the pier. BMC Paul Kelliher dived overboard, narrowly missing the ship’s propeller. When Kelliher reached the bottom his heavy shoes stuck in the mud, but he succeeded in freeing himself and located Franklin under the ship’s keel. He brought him to the surface and both men were pulled on board the ship.

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