RYAN, THOMAS JOHN
Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Yokohama,
Japan, 1 September 1923. Entered service at: Louisiana. Born: 5 August
1901, New Orleans, La.
For heroism in effecting the rescue of a woman from the burning Grand Hotel,
Yokohama, Japan, on 1 September 1923. Following the earthquake and fire which occurred in
Yokohama on 1 September, Ens. Ryan, with complete disregard for his own life, extricated a
woman from the Grand Hotel, thus saving her life. His heroic conduct upon this occasion
reflects the greatest credit on himself and on the U.S. Navy, of which he is a part.