December 16, 1922 -- Rescue of Vinh-Long Passengers
Lieutenant Commander Walter A. Edwards, commanding officer of USS Bainbridge (DD-246), led the rescue of 482 passengers from the burning French transport Vinh-Long by placing his destroyer in dangerous positions alongside to ensure the passengers could disembark despite explosions. The destroyer then brought the passengers to Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey. For his leadership and heroism, Edwards received the Medal of Honor.
Published: Thu Apr 23 13:11:13 EDT 2020