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Donald Eugene McGregor
July 20, 1959 Donald Eugene McGregor of Brunswick, 15, rescues a family of four from drowning when their sloop began breaking up off Cumberland Island.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia
March 23, 1961 Donald Eugene McGregor is awarded the Young American Medal for Bravery by President Kennedy. Later in the day he receives the Carnegie Hero Medal from former U. S. Congresswoman Iris Blitch from Georgia.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
December 13, 1964 Donald Eugene McGregor dies when a car in which he was a passenger spun out of control and overturned near Brunswick Marina during a rainstorm.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia

Donald McGregor and JFK
Eugene Donald McGregor was only 15 years old in 1959 when he saved Attorney Harold Clark, his wife Vivian, and their two children, Harold Jr. and Christine from drowning. Their sailboat went aground off Cumberland Island and began to break up in rough water. McGregor spotted the sloop from a fishing boat where he was first mate, swam to them voluntarily and boarded the boat. Clark and McGregor put the two children into a raft-type preserver 3 feet long and 18 inches wide.

With McGregor swimming in the lead of the boat and the Clarks assisting by kicking from behind, McGregor headed three miles to Cumberland Island. About 250 feet from shore McGregor, with the Clarks permission, swam ahead to get help while the Clarks continued to kick the boat towards the island. McGregor located two fishermen who called the Coast Guard. When the Coast Guard arrived they transported all five people to the mainland.

For his heroism Donald McGregor received the Young American Medal for Bravery from President John Kennedy in 1961. Later in the day he received the Carnegie Hero Award presented by former U. S. Congresswoman Iris Blitch.

During a rainstorm in 1964, McGregor was a passenger in a car driven by Myron Pegram. Pegram lost control of the car when he applied the brakes and struck some median posts before the car overturned. Pegram was only slightly injured in the wreck, but McGregor who was pinned in the wreckage, died.

McGregor had been a student at Reinholdt College in Waleska, Georgia before attending Brunswick College.

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