Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mr. Fred Nash
Mr. Fred Nash, at age 71, distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life on August 18, 1958 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On that date, Mr. Nash observed an Air Force T-33 aircraft crash land and burst into flames at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier near "Nash's Grill.”
Despite the possibility of exploding fuel cells and without the benefit of protective clothing or extinguishing agents, Mr. Nash rushed to the side of the burning aircraft to render assistance.
Although he sustained serious burns, Mr. Nash persevered in his efforts until he succeeded in leading an injured Air Force officer to a place of safety where he extinguished the flames on the victim's body.
The exemplary courage displayed by Mr. Nash on this occasion earned for him the sincere gratitude of the United States Air Force.
Mr. Nash received the United States Air Force Exceptional Service Award in Recognition of Distinguished Patriotic Service in April 1959.
Mr. Fred Nash (left) receives Exceptional Service Award from Maj Gen David W. Hutchinson, Commander of the Ninth Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, during a dinner meeting of the Base Community Council at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Officers Club.
Location. 33° 40.05′ N, Touch for map. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cuban Missile Crisis (here, next to this marker); The Berlin Crisis 1961 (a few steps from this marker); Desert Storm (a few steps from this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (a few steps from this marker); Cold War - Dominican Republic (a few steps from this marker); The Cold War Era 1956 - 1958 (within shouting distance of this marker); Valor in Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Categories. • Heroes •
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