For "gallantry at sea," Mrs. Margaret Hope Maberly Gordon,
Australian widow, last week received the British Empire Medal from King
George VI. Her gallantry: cast adrift from a torpedoed merchantman in
the South Atlantic, she had survived a 52-day ordeal in an open lifeboat.
Of 17 in the boat, 15 died.
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