Announcing a very special Fund Raiser–THE EMLEN TUNNELL STATUE FUND

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Emeln Tunnel WWII Medals

This Sports Rarity of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC) museum is the Life Saving Medal given to US Coast Guard Steward’s Mate First Class Emlen Tunnell. This medal is given by the Coast Guard to individuals that put their own life in danger to save another. According to Rear Admiral Joseph Castillo, Tunnell was twice cited for exceptional acts of heroism during his service. In 1944, while aboard the USS Etamin, a Japanese torpedo blew a hole in the side of the ship. Tunnell came to the aid of shipmate Eddie Shaver, who was on fire. Tunnell carried him to safety, sustaining burns of his own in the process. He saved the life of another man in 1946, when shipmate Alfred Givens fell overboard into 32-degree water and nearly drowned. Tunnell jumped into the water to his rescue. The medal is on loan from David Lyons via Emlen’s late sister Vivian Robinson and her daughter, Catherine Robinson, of Radnor. It, along with many other medals and awards bestowed on Emlen, was given to the Tunnell family as he was posthumously honored by the Coast Guard when the gym at Coast Guard Island, Alameda,California was dedicated to him in 2011. The dedication of the gym is appropriate, since Tunnell, in addition to his meritorious military service, is also a member of the Pro- Football Hall of Fame! The medal, along with other medals and awards given to Tunnell, can be seen in a first-floor showcase of the All-Star Atrium of the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor PA every Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Saturday’s hour are from 11am to 2pm. See the Emlen Tunnell heading for more information.

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