Only two Medals today, after all that activity in China the last few days.
This first one would be a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the naval services highest award for heroism not involving combat. From the “Interim Awards, 1871-1898” period.
HILL, William L RANK: CAPTAIN OF THE TOP (HIGHEST RANK: CHIEF BOATSWAIN’S MATE) UNIT/COMMAND: U.S. TRAINING SHIP MINNESOTA DATE: JUNE 22, 1881 PLACE: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, USA
CITATION: Serving on board the U.S. training ship Minnesota at Newport, R.I., 22 June 1881, Hill jumped overboard and sustained William Mulcahy, third class boy, who had fallen overboard, until picked up by a steam launch.
The Boxer Rebellion is still providing opportunities to excel:
ALLEN, Edward G RANK: BOATSWAIN’S MATE FIRST CLASS (HIGHEST RANK: CHIEF BOATSWAIN) UNIT/COMMAND: U.S.S. NEWARK DATE: JUNE 22, 1900 PLACE: CHINA
CITATION: Fighting with the relief expedition of the Allied forces, 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900, Allen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.
*Asterisk indicates a posthumous award – but there aren’t any, huzzah!