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Frank William Crilley



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  September 13, 1883 at Trenton, NJ

Entered Service in the US Navy from Pennsylvania

Earned The Medal of Honor During Peace Time For heroism as a diver on April 17, 1915 at Honolulu, HI

DIED:  November 23, 1947 at the age of 64

During the diving operations in connection with the March 25, 1915 sinking of the U.S.S. F-4 with all on board in 304 feet of water near Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Chief gunner's Mate William F. Loughman, descended to the wreck and examined one of the wire hawsers attached to it. Upon starting his ascent, and when at a depth of 250 feet beneath the surface of the water, his lifeline and air hose became so badly fouled by this hawser that he was unable to free himself; he could neither ascend nor descend. On account of the length of time that Loughman had already been subjected to the great pressure due to the depth of water, and because of the uncertainty of the additional time he would have to be subjected to this pressure before he could be brought to the surface, it was imperative that steps be taken at once to clear him. Chief Gunner's Mate Frank Crilley, a Navy Diver, volunteered to go to his aid, donned a diving suit, and descended. After a lapse of two hours and 11 minutes, Crilley was brought to the surface, having by a superb exhibition of skill, coolness, endurance and fortitude, untangled the snarl of lines and cleared his imperiled comrade, so that he was brought, still alive, to the surface.



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