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George Willis

Born 1839 in Boston, MA. Received the Medal of Honor for his actions when an Arctic gale struck the ship during a search for the missing exploration ship Polaris. Willis volunteered to singlehandedly furl the loose topgallant sail to prevent damage to the ship.

Citation: Serving on board the USS Tigress, Willis displayed gallant and meritorious conduct on the night of 22 September 1873 off the coast of Greenland.