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Bull Tobin and His Men Help the Hindenburg Survivors

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum honors the heroic efforts of Navy Chief Petty Officer Frederick J. “Bull” Tobin with a plaque for actions which he took on May 6, 1937.

As the Hindenburg was quickly consumed by a massive fire, Tobin ordered his men to "stand fast" and help the injured.

While others ran away from the disaster, to save their own lives, Tobin and his sailors ran toward the conflagration.

The plaque was issued on the anniversary of the disaster in 1988. The Museum's curators tell us why:

On May 6, 1937, the German rigid airship Hindenburg crashed in flames at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lakehurst, New Jersey, with Navy ground personnel led by the stirring words of Aviation Chief Rigger Frederick J. "Bull" Tobin heroically standing fast in the face of the flames in order to rescue survivors.

The plaque quotes Tobin:

We've got to get those people out of there!

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Media Credits

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum plaque, online via the Museum. Public Domain.

 

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