Charles R. E. Bowles

Charles R. E. Bowles

...went where most refused to go...

He is the star hero of them all: a 17-year-old volunteer diver who explored the hull of the Eastland, a place where professional divers refused to go. And between morning and dark, he brought to the surface 40 victims. Charles R. E. Bowles was named "The Human Frog" by the veterans who marveled at his exploits. He worked from morning until dark, and even then would not quit his self-imposed task until he was forcibly placed in Major Funkhouser's automobile and taken from the scene of the tragedy. Full story

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