Coast Guard honors World War II vet with Coast Guard Commedation Medal

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portrait of former Coast Guardsman Carl M. Dize Sr., from Urbanna, Va., who served during World War II. Dize received the Coast Guard Commendation Medal during a ceremony at Urbanna United Methodist Church, March 27, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Dize Family.

Portrait of former Coast Guardsman Carl M. Dize Sr., courtesy of the Dize Family.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. β€” Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presented former Coast Guardsman Carl M. Dize Sr., from Urbanna, Va., with the Coast Guard Commendation Medal during a ceremony at Urbanna United Methodist Church, March 27, 2011. Dize received the medal β€œfor his extraordinary lifesaving efforts while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.”

On the night of April 20, 1944, while assigned to the destroyer escort USS Menges, Dize and his fellow crewmen came under attack by the German Luftwaffe. During the attack, the destroyer USS Lansdale was heavily damaged and the crew was forced to abandon ship. Afterwards, the crews from the USS Menges and her sister ship, the USS Newell, rescued over 200 men from the Mediterranean Sea. Dize himself swam out to the edge of the Menges’s spotlight illumination to rescue sailors.

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