George Freeth’s Gold Medal Up Close.
[Mystery solved! George Freeth was not presented with a Congressional Gold Medal after all; what he was instead presented with was a Gold Lifesaving Medal.
If you look at the original image in the newspaper, you can at least make out, “….STAT… OF AMERICA.” on the top, and on the bottom, “ACT OF CONGRESS JUNE 20, 187…” With that information, the Lifesaving Medal was easy to find.
This is not the best image, but it is still better than what can be found online or on the microfilms. If the newspapers were rescanned clearly, there are so many mysteries that could be answered!
Does anyone have any idea where this medal might be today? The reverse side should have George Freeth’s name inscribed with the date and description of his heroic rescue.]
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 34, Aoao 10. Augate 26, 1910.
FREETH IN ‘FRISCO.
SAN FRANCISCO, September, 18.—Among the arrivals at the Stewart last evening was George Freeth, the young Honolulu man who attained fame a few months ago at Venice, Cal., by saving the lives of seven Japanese fisherman who were in dire straits. Continue reading
GEORGE FREETH RIDING A SURFBOARD.
AWARDED FOR SAVING LIVES.
Because a haole that is a kamaaina in Honolulu named George Freeth saved the lives of seven Japanese fishermen, he was honored by the Legislature of Hawaii with a gold medal on the 1st of August.
The value of the gold medal is about a hundred and fifty dollars, and upon it is written words speaking of the haole saving the Japanese fishermen on the 16th of December, 1908. Continue reading