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U.S. Coast Guard Awards


John O. Anderson
Alfred E. Kristofferson
Leon E. Alford
George Olsen
Glen Wells
Edward J. Spencer
Russell Martin
William Campbell
Joseph G. McShea

Awarded 3 June 1920


On 14 November 1919, crewman from the US Coast Guard station at Grand Marais, MI and a group of local civilians (Joseph Graham, Ambrose Graham, Ora Endress, and James MacDonald) rescued the crew of 17 persons from the steamer H. E. Runnels, which stranded. In performing this service some of the rescuers were washed overboard from their boat, but no one was lost. The rescue was made most hazardous by a blinding snowstorm, high seas, and ice which covered the decks of the steamer.


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