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Influenza Epidemic 1918

*HIDELL, MARIE LOUISE
Reserve Nurse, U.S. Navy (RF)
Nurse Corps
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Marie Louise Hidell, Reserve Nurse, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service and devotion to duty while serving at the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. During the epidemic of influenza, (she) worked day and night among the patients until stricken with the disease, as a result of which she lost her life on September 28, 1918.

MCGUIRE, LEE W.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
U.S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, MA
Date of Action: 1918 - 1919
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lee W. McGuire, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving at the U. S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Mass., in developing a convalescent influenza-pneumonia serum, which has proved of very great value in reducing mortality from 38 to 4 per cent, and for general service at the hospital.

*MILLER, CAREY F.
Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy (R)
Naval Base Hospital, Hampton Roads, VA
Date of Action: 1918 - 1919
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Carey F. Miller, Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service and devotion to duty while serving in the Naval Base Hospital at Hampton Roads. During an epidemic of influenza he worked day and night amongst the patients until stricken with the disease as a result of which he lost his life.

*MURPHY, LILILAN M.
Nurse, U.S. Navy
Nurse Corps
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lililan M. Murphy, Nurse, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service and devotion to duty while serving at the Naval Base Hospital, Hampton Roads, Va. During the epidemic of influenza, (she) worked day and night among the patients until stricken with the disease, as a result of which she lost her life.

*PLACE, EDNA E.
Nurse, U.S. Navy
Nurse Corps
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Edna E. Place, Nurse, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service and devotion to duty, while serving at the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, a. During the epidemic of influenza (she) worked day and night among the patients until stricken with the disease, as a result of which she lost her life on September 25, 1918.

POYER, JOHN M.
Commander, U.S. Navy
Governor, American Samoa
Date of Action: 1918 - 1919
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John M. Poyer, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as governor of American Samoa, for wise and successful administration of his office and especially for the extraordinarily successful measures by which American Samoa was kept absolutely immune from the epidemic of influenza at a time when in the neighboring islands of the Samoan group more than 10,000 deaths occurred, and when the percentage of deaths throughout the Polynesian Islands as a group, is reported to have ranged from 30 to 40 per cent of the population.

REDDEN, WILLIAM R.
Lieutenant (MC), U.S. Navy
U.S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, MA
Date of Action: 1918 - 1919
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William R. Redden, Lieutenant (MC), U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Mass., in developing a convalescent influenza-pneumonia serum, which has proven of very great value in reducing mortality from 38 to 4 per cent, and for general service at the hospital.

 

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MATHEWS, STEPHEN J.
Seaman, U.S. Navy
US Navy
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Stephen J. Mathews, Seaman, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism during an explosion of a gasoline tank in a motor boat belonging to the Air Station at Arcachon, Gironde, France. Mathews was severely burned but went immediately to the rescue of an Army sergeant who had been rendered unconscious and saved him from drowning.

 

 

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