Walter Atlee Edwards
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 1888, he was a 1910 graduate
of the United States Naval Academy. He earned the on
December 16,1922 at the Sea of Marmora, Turkey. The Medal was presented
to him by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House on February 2, 1924.
He died on January 15, 1928 and was buried
in Section 4 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Sea of Marmora, Turkey, 16 December 1922. Born: 8 November 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 123, 4 February 1924. (Medal presented by President Coolidge at the White House on 2 February 1924.) Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
For heroism in rescuing 482 men, women and
children from the French military transport Vinh-Long, destroyed by fire
in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. Lt. Comdr. Edwards,
commanding the U.S.S. Bainbridge, placed his vessel alongside the bow of
the transport and, in spite of several violent explosions which occurred
on the burning vessel, maintained his ship in that position until all who
were alive were taken on board. Of a total of 495 on board, 482 were rescued
by his coolness, judgment and professional skill, which were combined with
a degree of heroism that must reflect new glory on the U.S. Navy.
EDWARDS, WALTER ATLEE
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Staff Officer, U.S. Naval Forces (Europe)
Date of Action: World War I
The Navy Cross is presented to Walter Atlee
Edwards, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in
the line of his profession while serving on the staff of the commander
of the United States Naval forces operating in European waters.
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