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Old 11-18-2019, 01:16 PM
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Coast Guard presents Purple Heart to World War I sailors
By: U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 11/15/2019 04:16 PM EST

SAN PEDRO, Calif. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach personnel posthumously presented a Purple Heart to the families of Joseph Lieb and Benjamin Nelson in San Pedro, Friday.

The families received the awards in recognition of Lieb and Nelson who received fatal wounds as a consequence of the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Sept. 26, 1918.

"While the Coast Guard and our missions have evolved over the past century, we remain inspired by the heroes who came before us like Seaman Lieb and Acting Water Tender Nelson," said Capt. Monica Rochester, the Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach commander. "The Cutter Tampa and her crew holds a special place in the Coast Guard's heritage."

On Sept. 26, 1918, the Tampa was escorting a convoy to Wales via the Bristol Channel. During the escort, Tampa's crew became aware of a potential enemy submarine. The cutter was positioned in front of the convoy, where at approximately 8:45 p.m., it was struck by an enemy torpedo. Lieb and Nelson, along with all 130 people aboard, lost their lives.


Personal note: Thank you for your dedication to your fellow man. WW1 was a nasty war and many lives were lost. Many more were injured. We at the Patriot Files.Com site want to thank you for your Service to our Country and your families have a Medal to prove it.


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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