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I LIKE DIVING, by Tom Eadie, 1929 First Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 245 pages, numerous black and white photos. Appendix detailing the awarding of the Navy Cross and the Congressional Medal of Honor. One of the very few books written by a USN diver of the early Mark V period. Eadie was US Navy Chief Gunner's Mate hard hat diver. Involved in salvage work on the sunken submarines S-51 (SS-162) and S-4 (SS-109), 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 18 December 1927. Medal of Honor citation of Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 130): "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 airline 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." Book is in very good condition; front board has minor signs of separation. Blue cloth front cover with the maroon USN Mark V helmet. Dust jacket is a color laser copy of an original in a protective sleeve. An essential book for any serious diving library and that is almost 100 years old.
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