Female Sailor Captured by Iran Awarded Bravery Medal for Pushing Beacon Button

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 11:15 AM

After the embarrassing events that took place in January where ten U.S. Navy Sailors and two gunboats were taken captive by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf, Navy officials have now decided to start distributing medals of bravery. 

The only female sailor among the 10 who were detained has received the Navy Commendation Medal in recognition of her efforts to call for help.

According to reports, she was awarded the prestigious and historic medal for activating an 'emergency position-indicating radio beacon' used to signal distress at sea.

The Navy Commendation Medal, which was first awarded in1943, is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service.