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History talk set
PUTNAM — The Aspinock Historical Society will present a special talk on Putnam native Henry Breault at 10:30 a.m. March 9 at the Municipal Complex.
It will be presented by Ryan C Walker Navy Veteran PhD. candidate at the University of Portsmouth.
Breault received the Medal of Honor on March 8, 1924. He saved his shipmate, Lawrence T. Brown during a collision between the USS O-5 submarine and United Fruit Company’s Abangarez on Oct. 28, 1923. The O-5 was in disabled submarine status for over 30 hours while the Panama Canal Zone community moved earth and water to save him. After the rescue, Brown said Breault’s selfless decision to close a hatch saved his life. Breault continued to serve in the USN until his death on Dec. 5, 1941.


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