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Stephen S. Yeandle

Awarded 28 March 1912

For his heroism displayed on 28 August 1911, Third Lieutenant Stephen Safford Yeandle, United States Revenue Cutter Service, earned a Gold Lifesaving Medal. On the date in question, he rescued two men, P. N. Strong and P. F. Gleason, at Venus Point on the Savannah River. The aforementioned men were in a small boat and were caught in a hurricane. They were blown under the skeleton framework of an old dock and the two remained there, in their nearly submerged craft, for six hours. During this time they were often exposed to winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

Coxswain Ericksen of USRC Yamacraw discovered them sometime around dark. The cutter was laid alongside the dock. Lieutenant Yeandle, accompanied by Ericksen and Coxswain Pedersen, crawled to the outer end of the structure where the men were trapped. With the assistance of a line brought by one of the enlisted men, Yeandle slid down the 15 or 20 feet to the water on a barnacle-covered pile. He fastened the line around each of the men in the boat and the two coxswains hauled them to the upper timbers of the dock.

Ericksen carried Strong, who was injured while under the wharf, to the cutter. Pedersen and a seaman named Durst assisted Gleason shoreward. This work of the rescuers was exceptionally hazardous as the wind and debris threatened to tear the wharf asunder. 

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