M/N Collin C. Putnam '15,who received the Maritime Service Professional Achievement Medal

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  1. tankercaptain

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    Congratulations to Midshipman Collin C. Putnam '15,who received the Maritime Service Professional Achievement Medal for an act of heroism today. Putnam risked his life while assigned to the USNS Grumman. He sustained numerous stab wounds and a collapsed lung as he placed himself between four assailants and his shipmate in Crete.





    THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TAKES PLEASURE IN PRESENTING THE
    MARITIME SERVICE PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL TO
    MIDSHIPMAN FIRST CLASS COLLIN C. PUTNAM
    UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY


    FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING CITATION:


    For an act of heroism at the risk of his own life while assigned to the USNS GRUMMAN on 18 December 2013. While awaiting a bus to return to the ship from liberty in Souda Bay, Crete, Midshipman Putnam’s shipmate was ambushed, knocked unconscious, and robbed by four assailants wielding knives. Upon being alerted to the attack, Midshipman Putnam immediately and unhesitatingly placed himself between the attackers and his unconscious shipmate. By covering his shipmate’s body with his own, Midshipman Putnam absorbed the attack of the assailants and sustained numerous stab wounds, including a collapsed lung. Midshipman Putnam spent ten days in a Greek hospital recovering from his wounds and joined the USNS GRUMMAN two weeks after his release from the hospital. Midshipman Putnam’s quick actions protected his injured shipmate and dispatched all of the armed assailants. By his great courage, initiative, and selflessness, Midshipman Putnam reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Merchant Marine Academy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Maritime Service.
     
  2. kp2001

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    Acta Non Verba. Well deserved M/N Putnam
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Outstanding! Great job!

    Medals and awards can be confusing, especially across different services. Can you put in persepective what "level" this kind of medal is? I can only assume if it took over a year to award him this, that the award takes numerous hoops to jump through.
     
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    It ranks just below the Merchant Marine Meritorious Service Medal, however it's a little difficult to put it at an equivalent "level" as there are so few Merchant Marine Medals.
    You have the Merchant Marine Distinguished Medal which would be equivalent to the Medal of Honor, Meritorious Service Medal which is similar to Navy Cross or Silver Star, then the Outstanding Achievement Medal which is probably on par with a Comendation Medal, then Mariners Medal which is like a Purple Heart. Finally you have a few campaign medals, (mostly WW2) however they have been giving out the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal to Mariners since the first Persian Gulf War.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    That's just great! Good for him, BZ!
     
  6. Freda'sMom

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    What a great man to put himself in harms way to save a shipmate!

    Since he is in the Navy Reserves, why isn't a Navy Commendation Medal (with V device) appropriate?

    Maybe it's just me but the "maritime professional achievement" award sounds like he did a good job on his sea project, rather than save a life and defend his friend.
     
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    He was sailing as a cadet on a merchant ship hence the Merchant Marine Outstanding Acheivement Medal, if he'd been on active duty orders serving on a Navy Ship then he could have been awarded a navy medal.
    Remember USMMA midshipman are in the Inactive Reserve.
     
  8. Freda'sMom

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    Oh sorry, my mistake, I thought USNS Grumman was a US Navy vessel.
     
  9. tankercaptain

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    It is but it is a noncommissioned ship as compared to a warship which is commissioned.
    United States Naval Ships are usually support vessels owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by MSC. However some USNS ships are commercially owned but chartered to the US government. They are crewed by civilian mariners rather than U.S. Navy personnel, although some ships include a small military detachment to carry out communication and special mission functions, or for force protection
     
  10. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Although, can someone earn a V for something that isn't operationally related?

    Another interesting option would have been a Coast Guard Lifesaving Medal.
     

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