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George William Rud
October 7, 1883(1883-10-07) – August 29, 1916 (aged 32)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Place of death off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist's Mate
Unit USS Memphis
Battles/wars peacetime award
Awards Medal of Honor

George William Rud (October 7, 1883–August 29, 1916) was a United States Navy Chief Machinist's Mate awarded the Medal of Honor during the destruction of the USS Memphis during a tsunami. Lieutenant Claud Ashton Jones and Machinist Charles H. Willey were also awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions on August 29, 1916.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: October 7, 1883, Minneapolis, Minn. Accredited to: Minnesota. (August 1, 1932.)


For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while attached to the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when that vessel was suffered total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. C.M.M. Rud took his station in the engine room and remained at his post amidst scalding steam and the rushing of thousands of tons of water into his department, receiving serious burns from which he immediately died.[1]

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