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Clarence F. Leary

Born: Jan 11, 1894

Death: Jul 20, 1918

Nationality: United States

Clarence F. Leary

Date of Birth : Jan 11, 1894
Date of Death : Jul 20, 1918

Clarence Frederick Leary was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I. Leary was born in Fowey, England, and soon immigrated with his family to the United States. After the US entered World War I, on 12 June 1918 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. He was later appointed the Executive Officer of the cargo ship USS Charlton Hall, with Lieutenant Commander J. L. Evans, USNRF, in command of the ship. On 20 July 1918, a fire broke out in the hold of the Charlton Hall. Leary entered the burning hold in order to save crewmen that were trapped there. He died hours later of burns and smoke inhalation. Lieutenant Clarence F. Leary was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his self-sacrificing valor.

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