Heroic Weathermen To Be Given Purple Hearts At Last
Four meteorologists will finally receive their Purple Hearts on Thursday at the Naval Heritage Center at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. According to the Washington Post, the four men will be the first National Weather Service employees to be awarded the Purple Heart for their service in World War II.
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27, a weather observer from Cleveland
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27, an assistant weather observer from Atlanta
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24, an assistant weather observer from Sandusky, Ohio
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24, a junior weather observer from Brooklyn
All perished when a German U-boat torpedoed the Muskeget in the dangerous waters of the North Atlantic in September of 1942.
The Muskeget was an aged weather ship used by the U.S. Coast Guard to transmit crucial weather reports for the Battle of the Atlantic; the longest continuous battle of WWII. The meteorologists measured pressure, humidity, wind and temperature to include in data to be used by the Allied forces.
On September 9th, the Muskeget sent back its last weather report before the arrival of a relief weather ship when the German sub targeted the weather ship. When the relief U.S. weather ship reached the area, there was no trace of any wreckage or bodies. The Muskeget was the only weather ship lost during the war.
Of the 102 men aboard the Muskeget, all crew members received the Purple Heart except the four meteorologists. It was an oversight until three years ago when a private historian began researching how many people on the Muskeget received medals. 73 years later, the four men will be honored properly for their service to science and the Nation.