U.S. Coast Guard Awards
Awarded 16 May 1919
James Osborne, Coxswain, attached to USCGC Seneca was a volunteer of the crew assigned to attempt to take the British collier Wellington to port after the vessel had been torpedoed by a German U-boat. After Osborne and the others from Seneca were on board Wellington, the ship suddenly sank, precipitating her crew into the water. Osborne assisted a man in a semi-concious condition to a piece of floating debris. Each time a crewman was washed off, he succeeded in getting him back onto the debris. This continued until all those in the water were picked up by USS Warrington.