Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
Also, if what the article said was right, he was the last to know they were abandoning ship. He came up when he knew he could do no more. He wasn't ordered up.
Yes. If it was a war you'd pin a medal on him.
Barkesdale's actions reminded me of the engine operators on the Titanic. They stayed with the engines and rode the ship down. For all Barkesdale knew, he could have been riding the Bounty to the bottom.