Jack R. Bassett, 32, radio electrician, helped to save John M. Wallace, 21, airplane pilot, and William N. Gray, 32, airplane observer, from burning and explosion, Metlakatla, Alaska, September 21, 1942. (See case of CHARLES R. MARCHANT.)39870-3322
Jack R. Bassett died on March 9, 2001. He was born Nov. 23, 1910, in Brewster, one of seven children born to John and Jessie Bassett.
Bassett moved to Seattle in 1930 and moved back to Wenatchee in 1936, where he was a radio operator for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department. In 1942, he moved to Metlakatla, Annette Island, Alaska, with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and there was awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, and the British Empire Medal by the Canadian Government for saving the lives of the crew of a Canadian Air Force bomber that crashed at the U.S. Air Force base at Metlakatla on Sept. 24, 1942.
He moved back to Wenatchee in 1944 and went to work for the Regional Agriculture Credit Corporation for two years. He finished his career in the fruit warehouse management and sales business until his retirement in 1980.
(Edited from an obituary obtained from findagrave.com)