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 Richard Nott Antrim

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Richard Nott Antrim

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was serving as a Lieutenant and executive officer of the U.S.S. Pope when it was sunk by the Japanese. He and a few survivors were picked up by a Japanese warship and transferred to Japanese Army authorities at Makassar, in the Celebes. There, Antrim performed an unforgettable act of personal bravery. During the early part of his imprisonment at Makassar in April 1942, he saw a Japanese guard brutally beating a fellow prisoner of war (POW) and boldly intervened, attempting to quiet and reason with the guard, as others, and some 2,000 POW's closed in about the scene. However, the Japanese ignored Antrim's entreaties and continued beating the prisoner unmercifully. After receiving some 15 blows with a hawser and the kicks of three other guards, the victim was almost insensible. At that instant, Antrim stepped forward. The expressions of the Japanese changed to incredulity as the lieutenant volunteered to take the remainder of the battered man's punishment. This action threw his captors off balance and drew a roar of acclaim from the Allied POW's gathered around. Antrim's stand, while saving the life of the other man also saved his own and won new respect for the American officers and men. Later, his leadership in serving as a spokesman for his fellow POW's earned them an improvement in camp living conditions. For his conspicuous act of valor at Makassar in the spring of 1942, Antrim was awarded the Medal of Honor.


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  • Added: 25 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6126167
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Nott Antrim (17 Dec 1907–8 Mar 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6126167, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .