ACTUAL 1920 CARNEGIE HERO FUND AWARD MEDAL w/ ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE Awarded to Julius Hauck for saving the lives of drowning victims. -Info from the Antiques Roadshow website.Featured In shows: #1924-"Chicago Hour 3, and #2128-"Our 50 States Part 1. I'm sending you this medal for you to have and to hold always. It is one of my treasure's that hurt to part with. Take time out, and think of me some time and perhaps remember me in your prayers. Always, Rose Haggerty" ABOUT JULIUS HAUCK, FROM THE CARNEGIE HERO FUND WEBSITE: ". Julius Hauck died attempting to save Ella E. From drowning, Southampton, New York, August 19, 1920. James, 11, waded into deep water in Lake Agawam 40 feet from shore. He went under the surface several times and called for help. Miss Bukosy, 18, who was a poor swimmer, swam 25 feet to him with the aid of a pair of water wings. He grasped her extended hand, and Miss Bukosy attempted to swim with him. She could make no progress, and her failure in an attempt to touch bottom caused her to lose self control. At some time during the act she lost the water wings. She began to thresh, still retaining her hold on James's hand.
Hauck, 51, chauffeur, was sitting in an automobile near the scene. Although he did not know either Miss Bukosky or James, he swam, fully dressed, to them.Miss Bukosy supported herself briefly by putting a hand on Hauck's shoulder. Hauck then turned to aid James, who was beside her. He grasped James by the shoulder, but his hold suddenly relaxed, and he sank and was drowned. Miss Bukosy and James were rescued by a lifeguard, who arrived shortly after Hauck sank. Please use these large photos as a reference to the condition of this 100 yr old item.
The medal is bronze, in excellent condition overall with some very slight spots of tarnish/oxidation? NO attempt has been made to polish or clean the item. The brown leather case is in fair to good condition with the rear panel having some damage (possibly from opening and closing, as the latch must be completely pressed in before attempting to pull on the casing). Leather has some acceptable wear considering the age of the item. The handwritten letter is folded, with some tearing at the fold on top.
Appears to have been written with old style pen & ink. Case is about 4.5 inches square, with the medal about 3 inches in diameter. The last picture shown above is from a newspaper clipping of the actual event. The letter to Julius Hauck's grandson IS included.
Overall a beautiful story, a beautiful letter, and a fitting tribute to a true hero who gave his life to save others. I'm hoping this finds a museum or home where it will be appreciated and treasured.
The item "ACTUAL CARNEGIE HERO MEDAL 1920 BRONZE with ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE" is in sale since Monday, November 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Exonumia\Medals".
The seller is "tommy720" and is located in Delray Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.