Edwards, Walter Atlee, LCDR
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Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Last Duty Station
1927-1927, USS Billingsley (DD-293)
Service Years
1910 - 1927
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Date
Jan 24, 1928
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Unknown, Not Reported
Nicaraguan Civil War
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US NavyNaval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNaval War College
  1910-1910, USS Michigan (BB-27)
  1910-1911, USS Chester (CL-1)
  1911-1912, USS Des Moines (CL-17)
  1912-1913, USS Monaghan (DD-32)
  1913-1914, USS Walke (DD-34)
  1914-1916, Naval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1916-1916, USS Jarvis (DD-38)
  1916-1917, USS Cushing (DD-55)
  1919-1920, Bureau of Navigation
  1920-1921, Naval War College
  1921-1922, USS Dahlgren (DD-187)
  1922-1922, USS Paul Jones (DD-230)
  1922-1923, USS Bainbridge (DD-246)
  1923-1924, Bureau of Navigation
  1925-1927, USS Pittsburgh (CA-4)
  1927-1927, USS Billingsley (DD-293)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1918 World War I
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United States Naval Academy
  1906-1910, United States Naval Academy
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Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Staff Officer, U.S. Naval Forces (Europe)
Date of Action: World War I


The Navy Cross is presented to Walter Atlee Edwards, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on the staff of the commander of the United States Naval forces operating in European waters.



Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Sea of Marmora, Turkey, 16 December 1922. Born: 8 November 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 123, 4 February 1924. (Medal presented by President Coolidge at the White House on 2 February 1924.) Other Navy award: Navy Cross. 


For heroism in rescuing 482 men, women and children from the French military transport Vinh-Long, destroyed by fire in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. Lt. Comdr. Edwards, commanding the U.S.S. Bainbridge, placed his vessel alongside the bow of the transport and, in spite of several violent explosions which occurred on the burning vessel, maintained his ship in that position until all who were alive were taken on board. Of a total of 495 on board, 482 were rescued by his coolness, judgment and professional skill, which were combined with a degree of heroism that must reflect new glory on the U.S. Navy.

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