MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard New York to host Purple Heart ceremony

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard New York to host Purple Heart ceremony

Coast Guard presents Purple Heart to World War I sailor

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NEW YORK  — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to posthumously present the family of Quartermaster John F. Healy the Purple Heart for his sacrifice, Sept. 26, 1918 while serving aboard the USS Tampa in WWI.

The Tampa was escorting a convoy to Wales via the Bristol Channel. During the escort, Tampa's crew became aware of a potential enemy submarine. The cutter was positioned in front of the convoy, where at approximately 8:45 p.m., it was struck by an enemy torpedo. Healy, along with all 130 people aboard, lost their lives.

WHO: Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York

WHAT: Purple Heart Ceremony for the family of John F. Healy

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector New York, 212 Coast Guard Dr., Staten Island, New York 

Media interested in attending are required to RSVP at (718) 354-2359 or for access no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Media who RSVP will be granted access to the base at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.