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NH 105854 Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David, USN

Photo #: NH 105854  Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David, USN
Description: Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 172. Albert L. David was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on 4 June 1944, when he led a boarding party from USS Pillsbury (DE-133) to capture the German submarine U-505 after it had been forced to the surface. Though the submarine could have sunk or blown up at any time during the operation, David directed initial salvage efforts and ensured it was kept afloat. This was the first capture of an enemy warship on the high seas since 1815. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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