A Chaser Takes Charge of a Couple of Captured Submarines
German submarines, or U-boats, were a threat to transports moving troops to Europe. The Tuscania, a luxury ocean liner requisitioned for use as a troop transport, was sunk on February 5, 1918, in the Straits of Moyle, with the loss of 166 lives. El Paso resident Marcos B. Armijo survived the attack and was later credited with rescuing a drowning American nurse. On August 3, 1918, Armijo was hit by an incoming shell and lost both of his legs. Although severely wounded he encouraged the other members of his unit to maintain their morale until he was evacuated to a field hospital, where he died on August 5, 1918. Armijo was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, making him one of four Hispanic Texans to receive the medal during World War I.
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