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Samuel Leroy Cobb

Merchant Marine. American

Born   1899
Died  17 Apr 1942(43)


 Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (posthumous)

Roster information listed for Samuel Leroy Cobb

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Alcoa GuideSteam merchantMaster17 Apr 1942 (+)U-123

Personal information

of West New York NJ

Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal Award Citation:

For heroism and especially meritorious service under unusual hazards.

Though mortally wounded early in the action in which his ship was sunk by enemy submarine, he first endeavored to ram the attacker, and then ran through fire to his cabin to recover the Navy Code and other highly confidential papers which he cast overside in a weighted sack. He later died in a lifeboat from wounds and burns caused by these actions.

His extraordinary courage and fidelity to trust will be an enduring inspiration to seamen of the Unites States Merchant Marine everywhere.

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