John Allen Midgett, educated in Rodanthe and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, joined the Life Saving Service as a surfman at Little Kinnakeet. He then moved onto Warrant Officer and then First Class Officer at Gull Shoal and then Chicamacomico Station. While at Chicamacomico, the ship MIRLO came to shore in 1918 under torpedo attack. Under Captain Johnny, boats attempted to rescue the crew, 44 taken back in Midgett's boat. Midgett received the Congressional and the English Medal, the cup and the American Cross of Honor for the MIRLO's rescue.