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George Lissant "Punchy, Lloyd" Conkey
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Birth: 1913
Death: 1995

US Navy insignia

Ron Meyers sent:
Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Awarded for actions during the

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Commander George Lissant Conkey (NSN: 0-74852), United States Navy, for heroic conduct in connection with the rescue of a Navy Yard worker from asphyxiation on board the U.S.S. ROGERS, on 5 August 1948. Arriving on the scene shortly after a heavy Carbon Dioxide bottle carried by two workmen had been accidentally discharged and one of the workmen had landed in the same trunk with the discharging fire extinguisher, Commander Conkey immediately ordered a vent blower started. Ascertaining that there might be personnel in the lethally-contaminated compartment, he directed another officer to stand by the opening and, without awaiting the arrival of the rescue breathing apparatus, bravely descended into the gas-filled chamber without any protective breathing device. Locating the unconscious man, he attempted to remove him to a place of safety and, unable to carry on alone when a feeling of dizziness assailed him, called for help. After the quick arrival of aid, he continued to assist in evacuating the victim until he began to succumb to the fumes and was lifted topside. By his prompt initiative and courage in voluntarily risking his life to save that of another, Commander Conkey upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Board Serial 0014 (January 28, 1949)

Action Date: 5-Aug-48

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Navy Yard


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Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander George Lissant Conkey (NSN: 0-74852), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. EUGENE E. ELMORE (DE-686), in action against an enemy submarine in the Atlantic War Area on 29 May 1944. Conning his ship with daring and skill, Commander Conkey engaged a German submarine and struck heavily and effectively throughout the aggressive action to secure a decisive victory. In the concentrated night action in which U.S.S. BLOCK ISLAND was sunk and U.S.S. BARR torpedoed, he detected U-549 in the act of firing a third torpedo at the crippled aircraft carrier and unhesitatingly maneuvered to ram, forcing the enemy to break off the attack. After the submarine submerged, he avoided a torpedo launched at his vessel and immediately assumed the offensive against the U-boat, which was in a favorable position to launch torpedoes at our vulnerable ships engaged in rescuing 951 survivors of the stricken carrier. Skillfully taking over contact on the enemy submarine reported by one of the rescue destroyer escorts, Commander Conkey delivered four separate aggressive underwater attacks, resulting in the sinking of U-549. He then went to the rescue of the badly damaged U.S.S. BARR, taking off half of her crew and towing the destroyer escort back to port. Through his outstanding courage and professional skill Commander Conkey was directly instrumental in saving three vessels from probable torpedoing, in preventing the sinking of one destroyer escort, in making possible the rescue of 951 survivors, and in destroying and enemy submarine. His heroic actions throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 29-May-44

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Eugene E. Elmore (DE-686)

 
 
Burial:
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: D K Railsback B
Record added: Aug 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74535451
George Lissant Punchy, Lloyd Conkey
Added by: Ron Meyers
 
George Lissant Punchy, Lloyd Conkey
Added by: D K Railsback B
 
George Lissant Punchy, Lloyd Conkey
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