April 30, 1944
Here’s a story of forgotten heroism. I stumbled across it in the Miami News while digging out a Sidney Skolsky column.
Lt. Newell Putnam Wyman waves off rescuers trying to save him and the crew of his Catalina patrol bomber, which had crashed in the ocean 90 miles of Attu in a storm. Wyman knew that a rescue attempt was too dangerous for the planes that had found them.
The victims include co-pilot Ensign Anthony Mannix Moriarty, navigator Ensign Raymond Edwin Rozuk, flight engineer Arvo Arthur Ranta, gunner Charles Leroy Olson Jr., flight engineer Lavere Marvin Ryther, radioman George Leo Huschka and radioman Armestead Sigrest Hardee