Coast Guard to award Gold Lifesaving Medal

HOUSTON — Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston will present awards to Roger Stone and Steve Conway for heroism and valor at a ceremony on the Mitchell Campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston at 2 p.m., July 27 2009.

Both men are being recognized for their heroic actions after the capsizing of the sailing vessel Cynthia Woods, June 6, 2008. The family of Roger Stone will accept the Gold Lifesaving Medal. This medal was established by Congress in 1874 and is one of the oldest military medals. Since then, approximately 700 medals have been awarded.

In contrast, the Medal of Honor, established approximately 10 years earlier, has been awarded 3,448 times. The Gold Lifesaving Medal is awarded by the Commandant of the Coast Guard to any person who rescues, or endeavors to rescue, any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other peril of the water. To merit the award of the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the rescue must be made at the risk to one’s own life and show extreme heroic daring. The Coast Guard is the ultimate award authority for the Lifesaving Medal and issues the decorations to members of all military branches as well as civilians.

Steve Conway will receive a Certificate of Valor, which is awarded to those who exhibit courage in saving a life or attempting to save a life at extreme risk.

The ceremony will be held in the Marine Engineering Research Complex in room 151.

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