San Diego, Pearl and
Crew members get awards.
These pictures were sent in by Tom Strain former EM2(SS) 1975-79.
MM1(SS) Bruce Montjoy receives award from CO Bradley
EM2(SS) Tom Strain was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp medal for saving
MM1(SS) Bob Pelcher's life in the shipyard at Bremerton in 1978. Bob and
troubleshooting the washer. A shipyard worker had wired the cord wrong and
Bob had grabbed it and connected to ground with his other hand. Tom was
looking at the back of the machine at the drain valve when he turned
around and saw
Bob with his mouth wide open, but no sound was coming out and his knees were
beginning to buckle. The cord was 440VAC! Tom kicked Bob's hand twice and finally
broke the circuit. Tom told Bob to lie down and made an emergency report over
Revised: November 22, 2008