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Lone Sailor Awards

Each year the United States Navy Memorial honors Sea Service veterans of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines, who have excelled with distinction in their respective civilian careers while exemplifying the Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment.

2010 Lone Sailor Awards:

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby got his start in the Navy because he preferred the prospect of drowning to being shot! As he explained it: "So you wanna' go in the Army? You'll die in a foxhole. Marine Corps? Die in a foxhole. Air Force? Plane crash or get shot out of the air. For some reason, I just chose that I wanted to die out at sea." Despite that inauspicious start, Cosby served from 1956 to 1961 as a hospital corpsman. He worked as a physical therapist helping Marines recover from injuries sustained in the Korean War. His career as comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician, and activist has spanned five decades and won him numerous awards. His TV role on "I Spy" made him the first African-American to costar in a dramatic series, breaking TV's racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he introduced us to the witty, warm and wise Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his hit series, "The Cosby Show."

Ed LeBaron
Ed LeBaron served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant during the Korean War. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Purple Heart. For his heroic actions on the front lines, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He played quarterback for the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1955, 1957, 1958, and 1962. Due to his diminutive size at 5'7" and his leadership skills developed during his military service, he was sometimes known as the "Littlest General."

Lanier Phillips
Lanier Phillips is an African-American veteran who grew up in the segregated South and served in the U.S. Navy when it was still segregated. He enlisted in 1941 at the age of 18 in order to escape the rigors of sharecropping in the South. He was one of the 46 men who survived the U.S.S. Truxtun disaster in 1942 when it capsized off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 110 sailors. In 1957 Phillips became the U.S. Navy's first African-American sonar technician. After retirement, he later joined the deep sea exploration team of Jacques Cousteau and assisted in the development of deep sea lamp technology.

2009 Lone Sailor Awards:

Yogi Berra
"Never make predictions - especially about the future."
"Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."
"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Yogi Berra, who said all the above, has reached iconic status as one whose speech is filled with malaprops. Unless you ask him. Because he also reports: "I never said most of the things I said." He is a major league baseball legend who holds numerous World Series records, including most games by a catcher (63), hits (71), and times on a winning team (10). Along with those, add first in at bats, first in doubles, second in RBIs, third in home runs and BOBs. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He joined the Navy in World War II at the age of 18 and participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. He also served in North Africa and Italy.

Leonard Lauder
Leonard Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of Est

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