Cashman, William Henry, BM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Rate
BM-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rate Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1928-1928, BM, CG Station Manomet Point Cape Cod, MA
Service Years
1917 - 1928
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1891
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Worcester, Massachusetts
Last Address
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1928
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Massachusetts
Conflict
Humanitarian Operations
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial location unknown.

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 Duty Stations
  1928-1928, BM, CG Station Manomet Point Cape Cod, MA
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 9 March 1928 a pulling surfboat with nine men aboard, under the command of Boatswain's Mate First Class William Cashman, got underway from the Manomet Life-Saving to go to the rescue of the steamer Robert E. Lee.  The Lee had grounded on Mary Ann Rocks in a heavy gale.  While returning to the station the surfboat capsized due to extremely heavy seas, spilling all nine men into the water.  Six were rescued but "Captain" Cashman, Surfman Frank W. Griswold, and Surfman Edward R. Stark perished in the line of duty in the freezing water.  During the on-going search and rescue operations all 236 passengers and crew from the Robert E. Lee were saved.

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