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William C. Hart

Awarded 24 May 1927

On 16 November 1926, CG-213, in the charge of BM (T) William C. Hart, stood out toward Absecon Bar to assist the stranded tug Thomas Tracy. Owing to the prevailing heavy seas, accompanied by a 70-mile gale, it was found necessary for the crew to abandon ship. To accomplish this, Boatswain Hart skillfully maneuvered his boat near the tug and took off the crew. While this was in progress, one member of the crew of the tug fell overboard and was in imminent danger of drowning. Boatswain Hart jumped overboard and effected the rescue at great personal risk, as the two vessels were not more than 6 or 8 feet apart in the raging seas.

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