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Full Text Citations For Award of
 
The Navy Cross to Members of the US Navy
 World War 1 
1298 Total Awards

Shipping Accidents & Rescues

A total of 89 Navy Crosses were awarded for heroic actions during accidents at sea and in rescue operations resulting from such accidents.

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Alderman, Harry B.
Chief Yeoman, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Cleveland
Date Of Action:
February 16, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Yeoman Harry B. Alderman, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the occasion of
a fire on the U.S.S. Cleveland at sea, on February 16, 1918. Chief Yeoman Alderman, with others, descended into a compartment over the after-magazine, filled with smoke and suffocating fumes, and successfully extinguished the fire after forty-five minutes' work.

 

Anderson, Niles
Chief Machinist Mate, U.S. Navy
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist Mate Niles Anderson, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in entering a compartment full of steam after two unsuccessful attempts. Chief Machinist's Mate Anderson, acting on his own initiative, used excellent judgment, and displayed evidence of self-forgetfulness and indifference to danger.

 

Battle, Charlton E.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Executive Officer, US Naval Air Station (Pauilac, France)
Date Of Action:
November 11, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander Charlton E. Battle, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as executive officer of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Pauillac, France, for the efficient organization and handling of the forces engaged in fighting a dangerous fire on the Portuguese ship Paniche on November 11, 1918.

 

Bell, Darl B.
Seaman, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Chestnut Hill
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Seaman Darl B. Bell, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving on the U.S.S. Chestnut Hill. When a gasoline explosion and fire broke out on board that vessel on October 9, 1918, at sea, Seaman Bell jumped into a wing tank at the risk of his life to extinguish burning waste on the top of leaky cases of gasoline.

 

Borgman, Henry
Seaman, U.S. Navy
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Seaman Henry Borgman, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service rendered during the very serious
epidemic of influenza on board the U.S.S. Van Steuben in rescuing a delirious patient, who after assaulting another patient attempted to jump over-board.

 

Bostwick, Charlie S.
Chief Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Water Tender Charlie S. Bostwick, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the
H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Water Tender Bostwick, with others set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, remaining at his post in the engine room, although water was knee deep and he had every reason to believe the ship was sinking.

 

Bowen, John
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Cleveland
Date Of Action:
February 16, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate John Bowen, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the occasion of
a fire on the U.S.S. Cleveland at sea, on February 16, 1918. Chief Gunner's Mate Bowen, with others descended, into a compartment over the aftermagazine filled with smoke and suffocating fumes and successfully extinguished the fire after forty-five minutes work.

 

Briggs, Theodore C.
Ensign, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Ensign Theodore C. Briggs, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and the H. M. S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Ensign Theodore Briggs of the Shaw, with other officers and enlisted men, threw overboard a large quantity of 4-inch ammunition which was on deck only a few feet from a blazing oil tank, and this while the ammunition near them was already exploding. This heroic action saved the snip from complete destruction and made it possible for her to proceed to port under her own steam in spite of the loss of her bow.

 

Bruckman, Otto F.
Engineman First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Cuyama
Date Of Action:
September 19, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Engineman First Class Otto F. Bruckman, U.S. Navy,
for extraordinary heroism on September 19, 1918. Engineman First Class Bruckman, at his own risk of life, performed most meritorious service to the Government in entering the engine room of the U.S.S. Cuyama on September 19, 1918, when filled with ammonia fumes, and performing rescue and repair work.

 

Campanaro, Fred F.
Baker First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Bobolink
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Baker First Class Fred F. Campanaro, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while engaged in mine-sweeping operations in the North Sea Barrage. Ship's Baker Campanaro aided Chief Machinist's Mate Benjamin Mock in saving the life of Boatswain Reinbold but had to be hauled aboard before Mock returned to the ship with

 

Cary, Robert Webster
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Executive Officer, U.S.S. Sampson
Date Of Action:
November 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Robert Webster Cary, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 7th of November, 1918, when the depth charges on the stern of the U.S.S. Sampson broke adrift in a heavy gale and were thrown about in such a manner as to involve danger of serious damage to the ship and the possibility of an explosion in case the safety fork of one of the depth charges should work loose. Lieutenant Gary, executive officer of the ship, accompanied by several enlisted men, secured the depth charges, working on the fantail when heavy seas were breaking over it, adding the danger of being washed overboard to that connected with the possible explosion of the depth charges.

 

Chase, Howard A.
Quartermaster Third Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Jacob Jones
Date Of Action:
December 6, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Quartermaster Third Class Howard A. Chase, U.S. Navy, for heroic conduct following the sinking of the Jacob Jones on December 6, 1917, remaining on board to cut adrift splinter masts and life preservers, Quartermaster Third Class Chase was of special value during the trip of the motor dory.

 

Chasen, William
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Sampson
Date Of Action:
November 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate William Chasen, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving on the U.S.S. Sampson, on November 7, 1918, while that vessel was in a bad storm off the coast of Ireland, the depth charge track spread. One charge worked loose and there was danger that it would cause serious damage. Under the orders of an officer, and with another man, Chief Gunner's Mate Chasen succeeded in securing the depth charge under the most dangerous conditions.

 

Chastain, E. Artimas
Chief Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Nokomis
Date Of Action:
November 11, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Carpenter's Mate E. Artimas Chastain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Nokomis. On the night of January 11, 1918, while that vessel was at sea a wave broke over the stern, smashing the depth bomb launching device. The bomb was hurled on board and the bomb float which was detached started forward in the wash water. Chastain threw himself down on the float holding it and remaining buried in water until assistance reached him, when the bomb was secured, this preventing the bomb from firing and detonating the other bombs.

 

Chenault, E. A.
Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Water Tender E. A. Chenault, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Water Tender Chenault, a member of the engine-room force, was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Cody, James H.
Machinist, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Machinist James H. Cody, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with U.S.S. Aquitania. Machinist Cody, although not on watch, went to the engine room immediately and took charge, remaining there and directing operations of the entire engineering department, although realizing that there was imminent danger of an explosion on deck which might completely destroy the ship.

 

Conway, John P.
Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Downes
Date Of Action:
October 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Gunner's Mate First Class John P. Conway, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Downes. While that vessel was scouting off the West Coast of Ireland in a heavy gale on October 7, 1918, a sea broke on the stern spreading the depth charge tracks and dislodged a number of depth charges which became a menace to the ship. Gunner's Mate First Class Conway, with an officer and other enlisted men, at once undertook to secure the bombs, at great personal risk to themselves, as the seas were breaking over the stern, finally succeeding.

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Dell, Frank A.
Oiler, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Oiler Frank A. Dell, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Dell, a member of the engine-room force, was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Dierdorff, Ross A.
Ensign, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Ensign Ross A. Dierdorff, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and the H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Ensign Dierdorff, of the Shaw, with other officers and enlisted men, threw overboard a large quantity of 4-inch ammunition which was on deck only a few feet from a blazing oil tank, and this while the ammunition near them was already exploding. This heroic action saved the snip from complete destruction and made it possible for her to proceed to port under her own steam in spite of the loss of her bow.

 

Driver, Orvil
Chief Patternmaker, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Patternmaker Orvil Driver, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Patternmaker Driver set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, especially in taking part in throwing overboard ready ammunition piled on the deck of the Shaw within five feet of a blazing oil tank.

 

DuBoise, Eugene F.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Submarine N-5
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander Eugene F. DuBoise, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while attached to the U. S. Submarine N-5 upon the occasion of a collision between that vessel and the Charles Whittemore voluntarily entered flooded battery compartment of the N-5, notwithstanding the danger that the compartment might be filled with chlorine gas if the water reached the battery cells, and remained there, bailing until the danger was passed.

 

Earle, George H.
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Victor
Date Of Action:
February 10, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant (j.g.) George H. Earl, U.S. Navy (Reserve
Forces), for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Victor on the occasion of a fire on board that vessel at sea, when, due to his heroic and inspiring leadership, coolness and prompt action, the ship was saved, and no lives lost.

 

Easley, Robert L.
Quartermaster First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Quartermaster First Class Robert L. Easley, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with H.M.S. Aquitania, when the Shaw was cut in two and
set on fire. With others, Quartermaster First Class Easley remained on board and was indefatigable in efforts to save the ship, fighting the fire, plugging the gash in the side, and in working the ship into port.

 

*Edwards, John D.
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant John D. Edwards, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in the line of his profession on the U.S.S. Shaw when that ship was rammed by the steamship Aquitania. Lieutenant Edwards lost his life in the explosion.

 

Elmore, William L.
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
US Submarine E-1
Date Of Action:
December 12, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate William L. Elmore, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U. S. Submarine E-1. While at sea on December 12, 1917, a five-inch line fouled a propeller and diving rudder, so that they could not be used. Chief Gunner's Mate Elmore volunteered to clear the propeller. While the seas were still running nigh, with a rope around his body, he swam to the stern, dived, and under great danger and difficulty cut away the fouled line, and cleared the propeller.

 

English, Robert H.
Second Award 
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. O-5
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander Robert H. English, U.S. Navy, for his heroic conduct upon the occasion of the explosion on the U.S.S. 0-5. At the risk of his own life he entered the after battery compartment, which was filled with smoke and debris from the exploding batteries, and rescued Lieutenant Commander G. A. Trever, U.S.N., from being burned to death.
Other Award:
Navy Cross (WWI)

 

Evans, John E.
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
SC-59
Date Of Action:
September 17, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate John E. Evans, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism upon the occasion of a fire on board the SC-59 at the navy
yard, New York, on September 17, 1918. Two depth bombs were in the Y-guns and six more on the after deck. The fire was very violent, the flames reaching as high as the masthead. Chief Boatswain's Mate Evans, with three others went on board without orders and removed the bombs from the Y guns, these bombs being so hot at the time that the paint on them was blistered.

 

Fernandez, George E.
Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Water Tender George E. Fernandez, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Water Tender Fernandez set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger,
especially in taking part in throwing overboard ready ammunition piled on the deck of the Shaw within five feet of a blazing oil tank.

 

Ferris, Lawrence W.
P & F, U.S. Navy
SC-59
Date Of Action:
September 17, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to P & F Lawrence W. Ferris, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism upon the occasion of a fire on board the SC-59 at the navy yard, New York, on September 17, 1918. Two depth bombs were in the Y-guns and six more on the after deck. The fire was very violent, the names reaching as high as the masthead. Ferris with three others went on board without orders and removed the bombs from the Y guns, these bombs being so hot at the time that the paint on them was blistered.

 

Flowers, Stacy R.
Engineman First class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Cuyama
Date Of Action:
September 19, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Engineman First class Stacy R. Flowers, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on September 19, 1918. Engineman Flowers, at his own risk of life, performed most meritorious service to the Government in entering the engine room of the U.S.S. Cuyama on September 19, 1918, when filled with ammonia fumes, and performed rescue and repair work.

 

Ginns, Michael J.
Engineer First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Engineer First Class Michael J. Ginns, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the
H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Engineer First Class Ginns with others set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, remaining at his post in the engine room, although water was knee deep and he had every reason to believe the ship was sinking.

 

Greis, Joseph H.
Blacksmith First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Conyngham
Date Of Action:
November 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Blacksmith First Class Joseph H. Greis, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, when the U.S.S. Conyngham was at sea in a heavy storm on November 7, 1918. A heavy sea came over the stern, releasing several depth charges, which rolled around the deck and two went overboard. Blacksmith First Class Greis went to the assistance of another man who rushed down in an attempt to prevent more charges going overboard. They managed to hold the charges at great personal danger and later were assisted in securing them, by two other men.

 

Hamblen, Tyler E.
Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Conyngham
Date Of Action:
November 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Gunner's Mate Second Class Tyler E. Hamblen, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, when the U.S.S. Conyngham was at sea in a heavy storm on November 7,1918. A heavy sea came over the stern, releasing several depth charges, which rolled around the deck and two went overboard. Gunner's Mate Hamblen was on watch and rushed down in an attempt to prevent more charges going overboard, and was thrown about in the water. He called
for help and one man came to his assistance, and they managed to hold the charges at great personal danger, and later were assisted in securing them, by two other men.

 

Hanberry, Reuel V.
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
Armed Guard S.S. Albert Watts
Date Of Action:
November 28, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate Reuel V. Hanberry, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commander of the Armed Guard of the S.S. Albert Watts. On November 28, 1917, that ship, loaded with gasoline, struck a mine or was torpedoed and caught fire. It was successfully beached. Later, after salvage, it again caught fire, made harbor, but continued to burn several days. The Armed Guard remained at stations while an engagement was possible, and later made every effort to salvage government property. The commander of the Armed Guard is regarded as handling the situation in a most excellent manner.

 

Harris, Ira L.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate Ira L. Harris, U.S. Navy, for
extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the Collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Machinist's Mate Harris, with others, set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, remaining at his post in the engine room, although water was knee deep and he had every reason to believe the ship was sinking.

 

Hodges, A. F.
Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Fireman First Class A. F. Hodges, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on 21 February, 1918. Fireman First Class Hodges, a member of the engine-room force, was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Hunt, Frank C.
Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Cuyama
Date Of Action:
September 19, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Fireman First Class Frank C. Hunt, U.S. Navy, for heroism at his own risk of life. Fireman Hunt performed most meritorious service to the Government in entering the engine room of the U.S.S. Cuyama on September 19,
1918, when filled with ammonia fumes, and performed rescue and repair work.

 

Iverson, Louis
Lieutenant (MC), U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Niagara
Date Of Action:
July 2, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant (MC) Louis Iverson, U.S. Navy, for distinguished and courageous service in volunteering to go in a boat from the U.S.S. Niagara to the assistance of the British troopship City of Vienna, ashore on Black Rock, on July 2, 1918.

 

Kessler, William C.
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate William C. Kessler, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Boatswain's Mate Kessler set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, especially in taking part in throwing overboard ready ammunition piled on the deck of the Shaw within five feet of a blazing oil tank.

 

King, Joseph C.
Chief Turret Captain, U.S. Navy
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Turret Captain Joseph C. King, U.S. Navy, for heroic conduct, coolness and efficiency in handling the fire rescue party in the after gang when the Portuguese S.S. Paniche was afire.

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Leary, Clarence F.
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Charlton Hall
Date Of Action:
July 20, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Clarence F. Leary, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of a fire on the U.S.S. Charlton Hall on July 20, 1918, in entering the burning hold at the risk of his life in an attempt to save the ship.

 

Libby, Charles J.
Boilermaker, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Boilermaker Charles J. Libby, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Boilermaker Libby was thrown into the water where he found himself near two other men, both of whom were in a dazed condition. Having succeeded in securing two life preservers, he fastened these around the waists of the other men, and refused to be picked up by the Kimberley until both of the disabled men had been taken on board.

 

Litton, George R.
Carpenter, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Carpenter George R. Litton, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Carpenter Litton, of the Shaw, with other officers and enlisted men, threw overboard a large quantity of 4-inch ammunition which was on deck only a few feet from a blaming oil tank, and this while the ammunition near them was already exploding. This heroic action saved the ship from complete destruction and made it possible for her to proceed to port under her own steam in spite of the loss of her bow.

 

Logan, James J.
Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Victor
Date Of Action:
February 10, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Machinist's Mate First Class James J. Logan, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Victor. On the occasion of an explosion in a motor crank case and resulting fire in the engine room at sea, on February 10, 1918, which became very dangerous on account of the proximity of the main gasoline tank, Machinist's Mate Logan, accompanied by the commanding officer, went into the engine room repeatedly, were
much burned, but by use of the fire extinguishers succeeded in putting out the fire and saving the ship.

 

MacFarlane, Fred H. C.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate Fred H. C. MacFarlane, U.S.
Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Machinist's Mate MacFarlane, with others, set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness and indifference to danger, remaining at his post in the engine room, although water was knee deep and he had every reason to believe the ship was sinking.

 

MacKenzie, John
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Remlik
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate John MacKenzie, U.S. Navy
(Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism. Chief Boatswain's Mate MacKenzie, a member of the crew of the U.S.S. Remlik, prevented a serious accident to the ship in holding a depth charge until it could again be secured.

 

Marcio, Joseph
Ship's Cook First Class, U.S. Navy
US.S. Smith
Date Of Action:
December 17, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Ship's Cook First Class Joseph Marcio, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on December 17, 1917, during the worst gale of its kind for eight years Ships' Cook First Class Marcio jumped overboard and saved a shipmate who had been washed overboard.

 Mauk, Benjamin J.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Bobolink
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate Benjamin J. Mauk, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving on the U.S.S. Bobolink, engaged in mine sweeping in the North Sea, when, after an explosion of a dragged mine, a man was blown overboard. Chief Machinist's Mate Mauk went overboard and succeeded in rescuing and bringing him on board under difficult conditions.

May, Christie M.
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
S.S. City of Wilmington
Date Of Action:
April 13, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate Christie M. May, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service and devotion to duty as commander of the Armed Guard of the S.S. City of Wilmington. On April 13, 1917, when that ship caught fire in mid-ocean and had to be abandoned in a heavy fog, a steamer's good whistle was heard. In order to attract attention, the Commander of the guard, with gun's crews returned on board while the ship was burning and ammunition exploding aft, and fired
minute guns until a ship answered, and finally picked up the boats.

 

McArthur, R. E.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate R. E. McArthur, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Chief Machinist's Mate McArthur, a member of the engine room force, was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping
steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

McCann, John Erwin
Chief Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Water Tender John Erwin McCann, U.S. Navy,
for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Fireman First Class McCanna refused to leave his post in the fireroom although the water was rising rapidly and he had reason to believe that the ship was sinking.

 

McDonald, Frederick J.
Gunner's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Downes
Date Of Action:
October 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Gunner's Mate Third Class Frederick J. McDonald, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Downes. While that vessel was scouting off the West Coast of Ireland in a heavy gale on October 7, 1918, a sea broke on the stern spreading the depth charge tracks and dislodged a number of depth charges which became a menace to the ship. Gunner's Mate McDonald, with an officer and other enlisted men, at once undertook
to secure the bombs, at great personal risk to themselves as the seas were breaking over the stern, and finally succeeded.

 

McLea, W. D.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate W. D. McLea, U.S. Navy, for heroic action in entering compartment full of steam after two unsuccessful attempts. Chief Machinist's Mate McLea acted on his own initiative, used excellent judgment and displayed evidence of self-for-getfulness and indifference to danger.

 

Meier, Edward
Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Jacob Jones
Date Of Action:
May 17, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Water Tender Edward Meier, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in charge of fireroom of the Jacob Jones, on May 17, 1917, when part of No. 1 blower worked loose and wrecked
the fittings of the fireroom. With great risk and under adverse conditions Meier succeeded in closing both fuel-oil valves to the burner lines.

 

Miller, Alfred L.
Seaman, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Sampson
Date Of Action:
November 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Seaman Alfred L. Miller, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving on the U.S.S. Sampson. On November 7, 1918, while that vessel was in a bad storm off the coast of Ireland, the depth charge track spread. One charge worked loose, and there was danger that it would cause serious damage. Seaman Miller, in spite of the extreme danger of being washed overboard, went out on the fantail to determine the situation. He reported to an officer, who, with him and two other enlisted men, succeeded in securing one depth charge under the most dangerous conditions.

Moffitt, W. J.
Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
US.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Machinist's Mate First Class W. J. Moffitt, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Machinist's Mate First Class Dell, a member of the engine-room force, with others was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Moore, Clarence C.
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate Clarence C. Moore, U.S. Navy,
for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Shaw, when that vessel collided with H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, and the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Gunner's Mate Moore was in the severed bow and making his way aft. When about to get clear himself, he gave up his immediate chance and returned to the fore part of the forecastle to see if all the men had gotten out. He satisfied himself of this, then made his way aft to the deck. The bow capsized immediately afterward.

 

Nash, Malcom P.
Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Ophir
Date Of Action:
November 10, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Commander Malcom P. Nash, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty when commanding the U.S.S. Ophir, while at sea on November 10, 1918. A fire started on the vessel, which
was loaded with gasoline and other inflammable and explosive materials. The vessel returned to Gibraltar for assistance. Explosions occurred in the holds and the fire tugs refused to remain alongside. The vessel's own fire apparatus was put out of service by the fire, and the crew was ordered to abandon the vessel. The captain remained on board and when a tug came to rescue him, he secured the line, and refused to abandon the vessel until, with the assistance of some of his officers and men who returned aboard, the magazine had been flooded with hose from the tug, and ready 6-inch ammunition thrown overboard, the vessel then being a mass of flames. Later he assisted in salvaging the Ophir, which was restored to service.

 

*Parrot, George F.
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant George F. Parrot, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in the line of his profession on the U.S.S. Shaw, when that vessel was rammed by the steamship Aquitania. Lieutenant Parrot lost his life on that occasion.

 

Poole, Charlie C.
Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Downes
Date Of Action:
October 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Gunner's Mate Second Class Charlie C. Poole, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Downes. While that vessel was scouting off the West Coast of Ireland, in a heavy gale on October 7, 1918, a sea broke on the stern, spreading the depth charge tracks
and dislodging a number of depth charges, which became a menace to the ship. Gunner's Mate Poole, with an officer and other enlisted men, at once undertook to secure the bombs, at great personal risk to themselves, as the seas were breaking over the stern, and finally succeeded.

 

Poole, Leland C.
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
US Submarine K-6
Date Of Action:
February 1 & 2, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate Leland C. Poole, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the lines of his profession while serving on the U.S. Submarine K-6 during a severe gale off Ponta Delgada, Azores, on February 1st, and
2nd, 1918, when that vessel was disabled and drifting on a lee shore. Another vessel was attempting to pass tow lines to the K-6, the forecastle of which was continuously swept by heavy seas. Lieutenant Poole, at that time a Chief Gunner's Mate, volunteered for duty and worked for six hours on the forecastle under the most exhausting and hazardous conditions, securing one line after another as they were successively carried away. This work was instrumental in saving the vessel from being wrecked.

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Rafferty, Albert W.
Seaman, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Seaman Albert W. Rafferty, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Shaw, when that vessel collided with H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, and the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Seaman Rafferty remained at the wheel until dragged overboard by the forward aerial. He was picked up in a dazed condition and coolly turned to work about the deck.

 

Rice, J. L.
Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy
US.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Fireman Second Class J. L. Rice, U.S. Navy, for meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Fireman Second Class Dell, a member of the engine-room force, with others was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident, which was flooded with escaping
steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Riley, Edward C.
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant (j.g.) Edward C. Riley, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Lieutenant (j.g.) Riley, of the Shaw, with other officers and enlisted men, threw overboard a large quantity of 4-inch. ammunition which was on deck only a few feet from a blazing oil tank, and this while the ammunition near them was already exploding. This heroic action saved the ship from complete destruction and made it possible for her to proceed to port under her own steam in spite of the loss of her bow.

 

Romspert, John W.
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate John W. Romspert, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Gunner's Mate Romspert set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, especially in taking part in throwing overboard ready ammunition piled on the deck of the Shaw within five feet of a blazing oil tank.

 

Russell, John S.
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Cleveland
Date Of Action:
February 16, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Machinist's Mate John S. Russell, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the occasion of a fire on the U.S.S.
Cleveland, at sea, on February 16, 1918. Chief Machinist's Mate Russell, with others, descended into a compartment over the aftermagazine filled with smoke and suffocating fumes and successfully extinguished the fire after forty-five minutes work.

 

Ryeberg, Richard E.
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
Orderly, US Naval Hospital (Norfolk, VA
Date Of Action:
July 2, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate Richard E. Ryeberg, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Va. On July 2, 1918, in a fire in the dispensary, in which there was a large quantity of alcohol and other inflammable materials. Chief Gunner's Mate Ryeberg twice plunged into the thick smoke with fire extinguishers and succeeded in putting out the fire at great personal danger.

 

Seibert, Walter
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Charles Whittemore
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Walter Seibert, U.S. Navy, for distinguished and heroic service in the line of his profession while serving on the U.S.S. Charles Whittemore as part of a patrol unit operating against submarines off the Atlantic coast of the United States. A leak having been started in the battery compartment of the U.S.S. N-5, one of the submarines of the patrol unit which threatened to put the submarine out of action through the flooding of the battery and the development of chlorine gas, Lieutenant Seibert, in company with Commander Guy E. Davis, entered the flooded compartment, and for four hours these officers alternated at lying on their backs in the water and calking the leaking seams, while the crew of the boat, by bailing, succeeded in keeping the water just below the top of the battery. As a result of this action, the boat was enabled to keep the sea for 18 days and to carry out the orders under which the unit was acting for the protection of the coast and shipping of the United States.

 

Setliff, Guy Murlen
Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Machinist's Mate Second Class Guy Murlen Setliff, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Machinist's Mate Second Class Setliff, with others, set a splendid example of efficiency, coolness, and indifference to danger, remaining at his post in the engine room, although water was knee deep and he had every reason to believe the ship was sinking.

 

*Sharkey, William J.
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy
U.S.S. O-5
Date Of Action:
October 6, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant (j.g.) William J. Sharkey, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service on board the U.S.S. O-5, at the Navy Yard, New York October 6,1918. Lieutenant (j.g.) Sharkey called the attention of his Commanding Officer to the fact that the batteries were gassing, and together with his Commanding Officer started forward in the Submarine when the battery exploded and Lieutenant (j.g.) Sharkey was killed, his head being crushed.

 

Shonerd, Henry G.
Commander, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Commander Henry G. Shonerd, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision between the U.S.S. Shaw and H.M.S. Aquitania on October 9, 1918, when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Commander Shonerd, of the Shaw, with other officers and enlisted men, threw overboard a large quantity of 4-inch ammunition which was on deck only a few feet from a blazing oil tank, and this while the ammunition near them was already exploding. This heroic action saved the ship from complete destruction, and made it possible for her to proceed to port under her own steam, in spite of the loss of her bow.

 

Strahan, Philip J.
Quartermaster Second Class, U.S. Navy
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Quartermaster Second Class Philip J. Strahan, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on a steamer used in experimental mine sweeping on the North Sea barrage. In a gale and heavy sea, the main topmast broke in two, the upper part dropping down and whipping around. Strahan jumped into the rigging, and at great danger to himself, cut the part adrift.

 

Suberg, Fred Henry
Chief Water Tender, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Water Tender Fred Henry Suberg, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the
H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Chief Water Tender Suberg refused to leave his post in the fireroom although the water was rising rapidly and he had every reason to believe that the ship was sinking.

 

Thomas, Hurley A.
Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Von Steuben
Date Of Action:
October 24, 1917

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Boatswain's Mate Hurley A. Thomas, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in preventing a collision on October 24, 1917, between a Japanese ship loaded with high explosive, and the Von Steuben, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. When all the men had dispersed from the deck, Chief Boatswain's Mate Thomas jumped to the No. 10 5-inch gun and succeeded in getting it trained clear before the projecting boats and davits of the Japanese steamer got to the point of contact with this ship.

 

Trask, Stephen S.
Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Downes
Date Of Action:
October 7, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Boatswain's Mate First Class Stephen S. Trask, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Downes. While that vessel was scouting off the West Coast of Ireland in a heavy gale on October 7, 1918, a sea broke on the stern, spreading the depth charge tracks, and dislodged a number of depth charges, which became a menace to the ship. Boatswain's Mate Trask, with an officer and other enlisted men, at once undertook to secure the bombs, at great personal risk to themselves, as the seas were breaking over the stern, and finally succeeded.

 

Trovel, Emil W.
Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
SC-59
Date Of Action:
September 17, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Seaman Second Class Emil W. Trovel, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for extraordinary heroism upon the occasion of a fire on board the SC-59 at the navy yard, New York, on September 17, 1918. Two depth bombs were in the Y-guns and six more on the after deck. The fire was very violent, the flames reaching as high as the masthead. Seaman Trovel, with three others, went on board without orders and removed the bombs from the Y-guns, these bombs being so
hot at the time that the paint on them was blistered.

 

Trudeau, Frank J.
Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Wickes
Date Of Action:
October 5, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Fireman First Class Frank J. Trudeau, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished conduct while serving on the U.S.S. Wickes at the time of an explosion on the U.S.S. O-5, at the Navy Yard, New York, on October 5, 1918. Fireman First Class Trudeau, with another man, hurried to the scene of the accident, entered the submarine, and assisted in taking out injured and overcome men.

 

Wallace, James H.
Warrant Machinist, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces)
U.S.S. Harvard
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Warrant Machinist James H. Wallace, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for heroic action and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Harvard, when a fire occurred in the coal bunkers of the vessel at sea. Lieutenant Wallace, then warrant machinist, entered the bunkers filled with steam and gas, while the fire was burning and worked for forty-eight hours without sleep. It was largely due to his courage and perseverance that serious consequences were avoided.

 

Waters, Peter J.
Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
SC-59
Date Of Action:
September 17, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Machinist's Mate Second Class Peter J. Waters, U.S.
Navy, for extraordinary heroism upon the occasion of a fire on board the SC-59 at the Navy Yard, New York, on September 17, 1918. Two depth bombs were in the Y-guns and six more on the after deck. The fire was very violent, the flames reaching as high as the masthead. Machinist's Mate Second Class Waters with three others went on board without orders and removed the bombs from the Y-guns, these bombs being so hot at the time that the paint on them was blistered.

 

Weber, John
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Woolsey
Date Of Action:
October 10, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Chief Gunner's Mate John Weber, U.S. Navy, for heroic conduct and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Woolsey. On October 10, 1918, an oil fire occurred in the galley of that vessel close to which was ready ammunition on the platform over the galley. Chief Gunners Mate Weber personally removed most of the ammunition to a safe place, and when the cartridge cases became too hot to handle, threw the remainder overboard. In doing this he was
badly burned.

 

White, Richard D.
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Orizaba
Date Of Action:
World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Captain Richard D. White, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession in command of the U.S.S. Orizaba on three round trips carrying troops, on one of which trips he was wounded by a premature explosion of a depth charge but declined to relinquish command.

 

Williams, Walter Meade
Electrician First Class, U.S. Navy
S.S. City of Wilmington
Date Of Action:
April 13, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Electrician First Class Walter Meade Williams, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service as senior wireless operator on the S.S. City of Wilmington when that ship was destroyed by fire at sea on the night of April 13, 1918. Electrician First Class Williams stuck to his post very bravely, securing the assistance of three ships, and remaining on that ship until the very last. He left when the ship was enveloped in flames and smoke.

 

*Williamson, William D.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Orizaba
Date Of Action:
August 17, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander William D. Williamson, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in the line of his profession on duty on the U.S.S. Orizaba. Lieutenant Commander Williamson lost his
life on August 17, 1918, when a depth bomb exploded on board the U.S.S. Orizaba.

 

Wixon, R. A.
Engineer Second Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Barnegat
Date Of Action:
February 21, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Engineer Second Class R. A. Wixon, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct during an accident sustained by the Barnegat on February 21, 1918. Engineman Second Class Wixon, a member of the engineroom force, with others, was in the fireroom three minutes after the accident occurred, which was flooded with escaping steam, and had the fires pulled.

 

Worsham, Thomas York
Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Shaw
Date Of Action:
October 9, 1918

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Fireman First Class Thomas York Worsham, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the collision of the U.S.S. Shaw with the H.M.S. Aquitania when the Shaw was cut in two and set on fire. Fireman First Class Worsham refused to leave his post in the fireroom although the water was rising rapidly and he had reason to believe that the ship was sinking.

 

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