U.S. Coast Guard Awards
Awarded 21 May 1906
On 1 December 1905, Neils Nilsen, keeper of the Sand Island Light Station, and a man named Harlan Hansen were going in a small sailboat from the light station to Fort Morgan, AL. Hansen fell overboard. Abandoning the boat, Nilsen went to Hansen’s assistance and swam with him to the shore, nearly a mile distant. Hansen died, however, before Nilsen reached land.