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George Joseph Banchero

George Joseph Banchero

Navy and Marine Corps Medal Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Motor Machinist's Mate, Second Class
Service Number 663 91 16
Birth Date November 14, 1920
From San Jose, California
Decorations Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Flier (SS-250)
Loss Date August 13, 1944
Location In Balabac Strait near Mantangule Island
Circumstances Sunk by a mine

Navy and Marine Corps Medal Citation:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class George Joseph Banchero (NSN: 6639116), United States Navy, for heroism in the performance of outstanding services as a member of the crew in the U.S.S. FLIER (SS-250), on the occasion of that Submarine's grounding on 16 January 1944, as a result of extremely hazardous and adverse weather conditions. On seeing that two of his shipmates had been washed overboard, he unhesitatingly removed his clothing and dived over the side into the raging surf and made for one of his shipmates whose arm had been fractured when he was washed overboard. Although soon exhausted himself, he finally reached this man and after great difficulty and superhuman effort, managed to keep his head above water and help him to safety on a sand bar. His prompt action on this occasion undoubtedly resulted in saving the life of one whom might otherwise have perished. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Photo courtesy of George's niece via John Horne.


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