‘Self-trust is the essence of heroism.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
This painting by Charles B. Falls depicts the gallant but futile effort of Gunner’s Mate First Class Osmond K. Ingram of the USS Cassin (DD-43) to release the ship’s depth charges just before a torpedo from the German submarine U-61 hit her on 15 October 1917. Ingram was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.
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