AWARD PRESENTATION

Storekeeper Second Class Richard Swanson is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal by Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Deane Smith, officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Gasconade (left) and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (right).

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Richard Swanson, a World War II veteran, is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal by Gov. Dave Heineman and Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Deane Smith, officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Gasconade Jan. 19, 2010. While serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Comanche Feb. 3, 1943, Swanson volunteered to jump into rough, freezing seas to help rescue 93 sailors from the S.S. Dorchester who were unable to climb aboard due to the numbness caused by the freezing conditions. Photo by Seaman Sam Peikert

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