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Orson Leon Crandall
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Chief Boatswain's Mate Orson L. Crandall, January 19, 1940
Born (1903-02-02)February 2, 1903
Died May 10, 1960(1960-05-10) (aged 57)
Place of birth St. Joseph, Missouri
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1922–1952
Rank Lieutenant
Unit USS Falcon (ASR-2)
Awards Medal of Honor

Orson Leon Crandall (February 2, 1903 – May 10, 1960) was a United States Navy diver and a recipient of America's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor.


Orson Crandall was born on February 2, 1903 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He enlisted in the Navy from Connecticut in June 1922, serving in several ships over the next decade. Trained as a diver in 1932-33 and designated a Master Diver in March 1939, he was serving in USS Falcon (ASR-2) when she supported the rescue and salvage effort on the sunken submarine USS Sailfish from May to September 1939. Chief Boatswain's Mate Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions as Master Diver during that operation.

During World War II, Crandall became a commissioned officer and served in a variety of salvage and diving-related positions. He transferred to the Fleet Reserve in June 1946 and retired in December 1952.

Lieutenant Orson L. Crandall died on May 10, 1960 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 48 Lot 2004.[1]


USS Crandall (YHLC-2), 1967–1993, was named in honor of Lieutenant Crandall.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Squalus rescuers MOH

Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison congratulates four divers of the Squalus rescue and salvage operations after presenting them with Medals of Honor. The four men are (from left to right) William Badders, John Mihalowski, Orson L. Crandall, and James H. McDonald

Orson Crandall's official Medal of Honor citation is as follows:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a master diver throughout the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus on 23 May 1939. His leadership and devotion to duty in directing diving operations and in making important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions characterize conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Crandall, Orson", Findagrave.


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