John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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The Psychedelic Armadillo asks:

In regards to #8, how can he get a CMH if it is peacetime?

A fine question, my dasypodidaic friend, a fine question. Here is the answer, in the form of Henry Clay Drexler's Medal of Honor citation:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of a fire on board the U.S.S. Trenton. At 3:35 on the afternoon of 20 October 1924, while the Trenton was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, 2 charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and 10 later from burns and inhalation of flame and gases. The 6 others were severely injured. Ensign Drexler, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder for the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Ensign Drexler could accomplish his purpose. He met his death while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Drexler received the Navy Cross, and a Sumner-class destroyer was later named in his honor.

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