U.S. Coast Guard Awards
Awarded 6 February 1892
On 22 December 1888 the steam collier Mendocino wrecked on the Humboldt Bar. Surfman John Regnier of the Humboldt Bay (CA) Life-Saving Station sprang into the furious surf and took a child from the water after the surfboat twice failed to make a recovery. Unfortunately, the child could not be revived. Despite his inability to save the child’s life, Surfman Regnier’s selfless actions not only demonstrated his personal heroism, they further bolstered the noblest traditions of the United States Life-Saving Service.