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Ex-D.C. Fireman Wins NavyMarine Corps Medal

Issue 12 and Volume 97.

Ex-D.C. Fireman Wins NavyMarine Corps Medal For heroic action in battling the blazing gasoline-laden SS Gulfbelle, whose ammunition boxes were exploding, following a collision with another tanker, SS Gulfland, off the Florida Coast on October 21, 1943, Coast Guard Lieutenant Sydney G. Carter, a former member of the Metropolitan Washington fire department, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal by Vice Admiral Russell R. Waesche, Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard. The presentation was made in the latter’s office, with Chief Stephen Porter, of the District of Columbia fire department and Mrs. Carter, the Lientenant’s mother looking on. When the Gulfbelle and the Gulfland. both loaded with high octane gasoline, collided with loss of over 80 lives, Lieutenant Carter was ordered to the scene to assume charge of operations. He descended alone into the ship’s burning hold and fought the fire, risking his lifenear a magazine of three-inch…

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