HUBER, WILLIAM RUSSEL
Rank and organization: Machinist's Mate, U.S.
Navy. Place and date: Aboard the U.S.S. Bruce at the Naval Shipyard, Norfolk,
Va., 11 June 1928. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Birth: Harrisburg,
For display of extraordinary heroism in the line of his
profession on 11 June 1928, after a boiler accident on the U.S.S. Bruce, then at the Naval
Shipyard, Norfolk, Va. Immediately on becoming aware of the accident, Huber without
hesitation and in complete disregard of his own safety, entered the steam-filled fireroom
and at grave risk to his life succeeded by almost superhuman efforts in carrying Charles
H. Byran to safety. Although having received severe and dangerous burns about the arms and
neck, he descended with a view toward rendering further assistance. The great courage,
grit, and determination displayed by Huber on this occasion characterized conduct far
above and beyond the call of duty.