Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie, January 1928
April 8, 1887|
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||November 14, 1974
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
|Place of burial||Island Cemetery, Newport,
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1905 – 1939, 1942 – ?|
While serving as a Chief Gunner's Mate in the 1920s, he assisted in salvage work on the sunken submarines USS S-51 and USS S-4, receiving the Navy Cross for each operation, and the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in rescuing a fellow diver on the S-4 on December 18, 1927.
Eadie retired from active duty on February 1, 1939. He returned to active service during World War II on April 30, 1942, receiving appointment as Chief Gunner (Warrant Officer). He was promoted to ensign on August 15, 1942 and to lieutenant on July 1, 1944. He retired in that rank after the war.
Thomas Eadie died at Brockton, Massachusetts, on November 14, 1974 and was buried in Island Cemetery annex in Newport, Rhode Island. There is a plaque in his honor at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport and Eadie Street in Newport is named after him.
Medal of Honor citation
The official Medal of Honor citation for Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie is as follows:
For display of extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession above and beyond the call of duty on 18 December 1927, during the diving operations in connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. S-4 with all on board, as a result of a collision off Provincetown, Mass. On this occasion when MICHELS, Chief Torpedoman, United States Navy, while attempting to connect an air line to the submarine at a depth of 102 feet became seriously fouled, EADIE, under the most adverse diving conditions, deliberately, knowingly and willingly took his own life in his hands by promptly descending to the rescue in response to the desperate need of his companion diver. After two hours of extremely dangerous and heartbreaking work, by his cool, calculating and skillful labors, he succeeded in his mission and brought MICHELS safely to the surface.
The official citation for Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie's first Navy Cross is as follows:
For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the occasion of the salvaging of the U.S.S. S-51.
The official citation for Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie's second Navy Cross is as follows:
For extraordinary heroism and fearless devotion to duty during the diving operations in connection with the salvage of the U.S.S. S-4 sunk as a result of a collision off Provincetown, Massachusetts, 17 December 1927. During the period, 17 December 1927 to 17 March 1928, on which latter date the ill-fated vessel was raised, Eadie, under the most adverse weather conditions, at the risk of his life, descended many times into the icy waters and displayed throughout that fortitude, skill, determination and courage which characterizes conduct above and beyond the call of duty.
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