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Oct 2, 2019 10:06:25 AM

U.S. Coast Guard HS1 Ransom to receive Angels of the Battlefield Award

This will be Ransom's second Angels of the Battlefield Award2019-hq-ransom-2E

The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce U.S. Coast Guard Health Services Technician 1st Class Ryan F. Ransom as one of the recipients of the 2019 Angels of the Battlefield Award. HS1 Ransom provided life-saving care to two men injured in an accident on another vessel. 

Ransom is the first two-time recipient of the award. He received it in 2016 for a search and rescue event while he was stationed in Alaska.

“I always chalk it up to me being in the right place at the right time,” he said.

This time, he is receiving it for events on Feb. 6, 2019. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Reliance responded to a mayday radio call from the vessel Chemtrans Nova, located about 80 nautical miles from Virginia.

“It was kind of a routine day,” Ransom said. “All of the sudden we got a distress call and that put everyone into action to get the ship prepared to launch our small boats and get everyone ready to receive these 2 casualties.”

Two crew members on board Chemtrans Nova were conducting a lifeboat inspection on an elevated deck when the boat, with both men inside, deployed and crashed to the water below. The two injured crew members were retrieved from the water by the Reliance’s crew and returned to the cutter for medical attention and evacuation. 

“We really only had them for 40 minutes,” Ransom said. “So it was kind a small window for me to get to them asses them and provide treatment.”

Ransom assembled stretcher bearers, assigned tasks, and prepared Battle Dressing Stations for the arrival of the injured. He directed the patient transfer from the boat to stations, then conducted assessments of the injured. One had a lacerated abdomen and his wound was irrigated and dressed. The second had an injured right knee, his oxygen saturation was low, and he appeared pale, cool, and clammy. Ransom splinted the injured leg, administered oxygen, and gave the patient oral hydration. Thanks in large part to the care provided by Ransom, both patients recovered.

Ransom says it’s a team effort. “I have to give a lot of credit to everyone top down in the crew because it was a phenomenal job by everyone.”


The first time Ransom received the award, he was called to assist when an aircraft with five aboard went missing in mountainous terrain in July 2015 while he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka, Alaska. Ransom located four survivors on a crash site on a 60-degree slope and provided lifesaving treatment.

The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala is an Armed Services YMCA signature event honoring the individual men and women on the front lines who are saving lives and have demonstrated extraordinary courage. The Armed Services YMCA recognizes a single individual from each military branch for their accomplishments. The annual Gala is Oct. 29 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. Angels is the only event which recognizes the front line actions of military medical personnel.  


The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves currently serving military members and their families. In 2018, we engaged more than 225,000 people in our programs and delivered nearly 1 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. The Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family.