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May 24, 1939 - May 25, 1939

Vice Admiral Allan McCann's Rescue Chamber was first used to rescue the 33 men from the sunken USS Squalus (SS-192). Four Navy divers received the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions on 24-25 May to rescue the trapped men. Squalus was decommissioned, repaired and renamed Sailfish, then recommissioned in May 1940. Sailfish successfully served in the Pacific during World War II and was sold for scrapping in 1948.

Theater:  Atlantic Theater

ItemType:  Equipment

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Source:  Naval History & Heritage Command

Date Added: 2011-05-24

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