National Geographic : 1918 Apr
_ _ ,00. W. Waterman THE OFFICIAL FAMILY OF TIHE U. S. S. "TEXAS" For the first time in our history a United States fighting vessel has been named to commemorate the heroism of an enlisted man. Through the prompt action of Chief Gunner's Mate Osmun K. Ingram and the Cassin's officers and crew, that destroyer was brought safely toport after having been torpedoed by a German submarine. Engaged on patrol duty, the Cassin located the undersea boat and gave chase. The submarine fled, but discharged a torpedo at its pursuer. Seeing that the deadly missile would strike his vessel amidships, the Cassin's commander rang for extra speed. Ingram, realizing that the torpedo would strike in the vicinity of a quantity of high explosives on deck, which ifset off would destroy the vessel, jumped to the spot, threw the dangerous freight overboard, but was killed at his self-appointed task. Secretary Daniels has recently named anew destroyer the Ingram as a tribute to this deed.