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Leon E. Minzy

Awarded 7 July 1960

For extreme and heroic daring on the morning of 19 February 1960, when he assisted in rescuing five crew members of the F/V Andarte from a precarious position on Ram island, Portland Harbor, ME.  Minzy, attached to Cape Elizabeth Lifeboat Station, was a crewmember aboard the CG-36489, dispatched from Base Portland, with a 15-foot rowboat in tow, to remove the stranded fishermen.  The 36-foot motor lifeboat was skillfully piloted through the blinding snow and heavy seas to the west side of the island, two hundred yards from shore.  Sensing the danger, Minzy immediately departed the CG-36489 in the rowboat, and although thwarted by the heavy seas on his first attempt, finally landed on the rocky shore.  He then made two successive trips through the boiling surf to transport the five survivors from the island to the safety of the 36-foot lifeboat.  His determined efforts, despite great risk and personal danger, undoubtedly saved the lives of the men, for they would probably have succumbed to exposure due to cold, fifty- to seventy-mile per hour winds and lack of shelter on the treeless, uninhabited Island. Minzy's outstanding courage, initiative, fortitude and unwavering devotion to duty, while endangering his life during this rescue, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

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