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Frank William Crilley
Birth: Sep. 13, 1883
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 1947

US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Chief Gunner's Mate of the U.S.Navy and was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism for diving operations on the sunken U.S.S. F-4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His official CMOH citation reads as follows: For display of extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession above and beyond the call of duty during the diving operations in connection with the sinking in a depth of water 304 feet, of the U.S.S. F-4 with all on board, as a result of loss of depth control, which occurred off Honolulu, T.H., on 25 March 1915. On 17 April 1915, William F. Loughman, chief gunner's mate, U.S. Navy, who had descended to the wreck and had 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, had his lifeline and air hose 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 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. Instantly, realizing the desperate case of his comrade, Crilley volunteered to go to his aid, immediately donned a diving suit and descended. After a lapse of time of 2 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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 Spouse:
  Gertrude Kelly Crilley (1890 - 1926)
 
 Children:
  Frank William Crilley (1918 - 1969)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot 6430
 
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Record added: Feb 09, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6164755
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