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The Distinguished Service Cross
U.S. Navy Recipients - Korea
To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:
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The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
*BABBICK, JOHN LAWRENCE (KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John Lawrence Babbick (7988026), Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Corpsman (Attached), Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy forces at Taebong-ni, Korea, on 17 August 1950. While his company was attacking a heavily fortified enemy position, Hospitalman Babbick heard frantic cries for a corpsman from a wounded marine lying in an open area of a rice field, which was under concentrated enemy machine-gun and sniper fire. Although warned not to expose himself, Hospitalman Babbick, remarking that the man's condition could not wait, unhesitatingly and courageously made his way to him through withering fire and proceeded to administer first aid. After easing the wounded marine's pain, Hospitalman Babbick was mortally wounded by a sniper's bullet as he attempted to return to cover.
General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 86 (December 19, 1950)
Home Town: San Francisco, California
JOY, C. TURNER
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to C. Turner Joy, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commander, Naval Forces Far East, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea from 16 June through 19 October 1950. Admiral Joy, through his keen tactical perception, sound judgment, precise coordination, and courageous leadership, effectively directed all United Nations naval forces engaged in the Korean campaign. He materially contributed to the accomplishment of the complex tasks of reconnaissance, mine-sweeping, re-supply, bombardment, and troop lifting which were essential to the early phases of the defense of South Korea, and later, to the Inchon landing which marked the beginning of the aggressor's retreat. After tactically causing the enemy to expose shore armaments, Admiral Joy personally directed the softening-up of the North Korean shore defenses for two days prior to the landing operations at Inchon. Although one of the most hazardous ever attempted because of extreme tides, it was brilliantly successful and accomplished the purpose of severing the enemy's communications, reinforcements, and supply lines with a minimum loss of landing forces. Finally, under extremely hazardous conditions afforded by bad weather, the presence of enemy defense forces, and countless un-moored mines, Admiral Joy boarded mine-sweeping vessels in the open sea at Wonsan to obtain a first hand appraisal of the increasingly serious mine situation in order to eliminate this navigational menace. His inspirational fearlessness and exemplary leadership contributed materially to the over-all success of the United Nations Forces against the aggressor in Korea.
General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 45 (October 22, 1950)
Born: February 17, 1895 at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
STRUBLE, ARTHUR D.
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur D. Struble, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commander, Seventh Fleet, U.S. Navy, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea from 15 September to 19 October 1950. As a direct result of his bold execution of plans in smashing enemy shore defenses and providing close air coverage, the spectacular Inchon Invasion, one of the most difficult ever attempted because of extreme tides, was brilliantly effected with minimum loss of landing forces. Admiral Struble's personal bravery, in evidence at all times, was particularly notable curing the mine-sweeping operations at Wonsan. There, over a prolonged period, he personally supervise the work of eliminating this navigational menace, acquiring first hand knowledge to insure success of the operations and to encourage the mine-sweeping group by his presence. Through his conspicuous courage and daring execution of brilliant tactical naval operations, Admiral Struble made an invaluable contribution to the cause of the United Nations in Korea.
Headquarters: Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 722 (September 25, 1951)
Born: June 28, 1894 at Portland, Oregon
Home Town: Portland, Oregon
Army of the Philippines
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