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Wireless operator was the stricken steamer’s connection to the world
Another heroic effort involving the Robert E. Lee grounding was that done by the ship’s wireless operator, Maurice D. Holland.
Holland’s nimble fingers dashed off distress signals that were quickly relayed to the Coast Guard as the ship was taking on water and its generators and engines swamped.
Holland a month later was honored for his efforts. We have a photo of that award. Read full story.