"After launching through heavy seas, surfboat number 1046 navigated its way around walls of flames so intense that they blistered the boat's paint to reach Mirlo's remaining lifeboats, tow them out of danger, and bring the survivors ashore."
The surfboat's 6-member crew (John Allen Midgett, Arthur Midgett, Leroy Midgett, Zion Midgett, Clarence Midgett, and Lee O'Neal) was later awarded gold medals by the United States and British King George V and the Grand Cross of the American Cross of Honor for their efforts.
Perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching comments is a quote from Hatteras island lifesaving station keeper: "The book says you gotta go out. It don't say nothin' 'bout coming back."
It made me consider the potential sacrifice of this Midgett family that day. Over two centuries, more than 200 members of the Midgett family served in U.S. Lifesaving services, more than any other family in all four other military branches combined.