Henry Breault (1900 - 1941)

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Birthplace: Putnam, Conn.
Death: Died in Newport, Rhode Island,
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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For heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the U.S. submarine 0-5 at the time of the sinking of that vessel. On the morning of 28 October 1923, the 0-5 collided with the steamship Abangarez and sank in less than a minute. When the collision occurred, Breault was in the torpedo room. Upon reaching the hatch, he saw that the boat was rapidly sinking. Instead of jumping overboard to save his own life, he returned to the torpedo room to the rescue of a shipmate whom he knew was trapped in the boat, closing the torpedo room hatch on himself. Breault and Brown remained trapped in this compartment until rescued by the salvage party 31 hours later. (Medal presented by President Coolidge at the White House on 8 March 1924.)




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October 14, 1900
Putnam, Conn.
December 5, 1941
Age 41
Newport, Rhode Island,
Saint Mary Cemetery in Putnam, Connecticut