Emlen “The Gremlin” Tunnell served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II from 1943-1946 and (posthumously) earned the Silver Lifesaving Medal.
Tunnell, a two-time NFL champion and member of the NFL 100 All-Time Team, was the first African American enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1967.
In April 1944, in Papua New Guinea, Tunnell was unloading cargo when a Japanese torpedo hit the ship. He used his bare hands, suffering burns, to put out the fire on a shipmate. In 1946, Tunnell jumped into freezing water while stationed in Newfoundland to save another shipmate who had fallen overboard from the USS Tampa.
On October 15, 2021, the USCG commissioned their 45th Sentinel class cutter the USCGC Emlen Tunnell. In 2021, the Coast Guard announced plans to name an athletic building on the Coast Guard Academy campus the Emlen Tunnell Strength and Conditioning Center.
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