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The Navy Cross
Interim 1938 - 1942  
(12 Awards)

     Listed Chronologically by Date of Action

SMITH, THOMAS CHAPMAN
Water Tender First Class, U.S. Navy
Date of Action: 1939
Citation Currently Not Available

GAINARD, JOSEPH ALOYSIUS
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
SS City of Flint
Date of Action: October 9, 1939
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph Aloysius Gainard, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action as master of the steamer City of Flint, at the time of its seizure upon the high seas and during its detention by armed forces of a belligerant European power. Lieutenant Commander Gainard's skill, fine judgment and devotion to duty were of the highest order and in accordance with the best tradition of the Naval Service.
Birth: 10/11/1889 - Chelsea, MA
Home Town: Malrose, MA

*BASKIN, THOMAS A.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Date of Action: October 12, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas A. Baskin, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while on guard duty in the restricted magazine area of the Naval Air Station, Sitka, Alaska, on October 12, 1941. Private First Class Baskin detected a fire in the dynamite stowage consisting of two wooden buildings in which were stowed great quantities of dynamite and caps. Fully aware of the great personal danger to which he was exposed, he remained at his post of duty and continued his efforts to extinguish the fire. In the explosion resulting from the fire, he lost his life. Private First Class Baskin's actions on this occasion characterizes conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty and in keeping with the best traditions of the Naval Services.
Authority - USMC Communiqué: 298792 AW-vpd-lar (15 January 1942)
Born: at Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Home Town: Murfreesboro, Tennessee


DANIS, ANTHONY LEO
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Kearny
Date of Action: October 17, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Anthony Leo Danis, Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Kearny, in bringing his ship safely to port, under most difficult circumstances, after that vessel was torpedoed on October 17, 1941.
Birth: 2/1/1899 - Woonsocket, RI
Home Town: Washington, DC

ESSLINGER, ROBERT JOHN
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Engineer Officer, U.S.S. Kearny
Date of Action: October 17, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert John Esslinger, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Engineer Officer of the U.S.S. Kearny during the torpedoing of that vessel by an enemy submarine on October 17, 1941. After a quick and accurate analysis of the situation, Lieutenant Commander Esslinger, working under extremely hazardous and difficult conditions, coolly and skillfully surmounted all obstacles and kept the engines operative, permitting the Kearny to proceed out of the dangerous submarine area and make port. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Birth: 4/3/1908 - Trenton, OH
Home Town: Ypsilanti, MI

McDANIEL, AUCIE
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy R
U.S.S. Kearny
Date of Action: October 17, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Aucie McDaniel, Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Chief machinist's mate in charge of the forward engine room, U.S.S. Kearny, when that vessel was torpedoed on October 17, 1941.
Birth: 7/10/1899 - Kelly, LA
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

BRANDON, JOSEPH L.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Date of Action: October 20, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph L. Brandon, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession displayed on the occasion of the crashing and burning of the airplane SB2 U-3 on the night of October 20, 1941. Second Lieutenant William W. Dean, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with Private First Class Brandon as gunner and passenger, took off on a routine night flight and crashed shortly after. Lieutenant Dean was knocked unconscious. The plane immediately burst into flames and burned. Private Brandon, although severely burned, extricated himself from the rear cockpit and without regard for his own safety went back into the flames and freed Lieutenant Dean from the wreckage before the gasoline tanks blew up. Private Brandon's action on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty and reflects great credit upon the Naval Service.
Authority - USMC Communiqué: 288544 DLA-298-cb (15 January 1942)

COPE, HARLEY F.
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Salinas
Date of Action: October 30, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Harley F. Cope, Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Salinas, in handling his ship and crew, when that vessel was torpedoed on October 30, 1941, and in bringing his ship safely to port, under most difficult circumstances, after it had sustained severe damage in an engagement with an enemy submarine.
Birth: 1/8/1898 - Dallas, TX
Home Town: New Orleans, LA

JERMANN, THEODORE LEO
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy R
Engineer Officer, U.S.S. Salinas
Date of Action: October 30, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Theodore Leo Jermann, Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism, as Engineer Officer of the U.S.S. Salinas, in inspecting the engineering spaces after the first torpedo struck the ship, and in securing overboard valves and ruptured lines when the second torpedo struck and the ship opened fire on the attacking submarine. His coolness and courage in taking that action, under the circumstances described, contributed materially in making it possible for the Salinas to reach port under her own power.
Birth: 2/8/1894 - Woodhaven, Long Island, NY
Home Town: Richmond Hill, NY

McINTYRE, FRANCIS HERBERT
Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Salinas
Date of Action: October 30, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Francis Herbert McIntyre, Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism, in assisting the engineer officer of the U.S.S. Salinas in his inspection of the engineering spaces after the first torpedo struck, and in securing overboard valves and ruptured lines when the second torpedo struck and the ship opened fire on the attacking submarine.
Birth: 9/19/1903 - Bar Harbor, ME
Home Town: Cherryfield, ME

SMITH, ASHTON BERNARD
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Executive Officer, U.S.S. Salinas
Date of Action: October 30, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Ashton Bernard Smith, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism, as executive officer of the U.S.S. Salinas, in operating the carbon dioxide fire extinguishing system after the first torpedo struck the ship, and, after being injured by the explosion of the second torpedo, in giving the necessary orders to the crew of that vessel to keep her afloat and at the same time open fire on the attacking submarine.
Birth: 2/19/1890 - La Grange, GA
Home Town: Charleston, SC

WILSON, RUAL SOLEN
Motor Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. Salinas
Date of Action: October 30, 1941
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Rual Solen Wilson, Motor Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in assisting the engineer officer of the U.S.S. Salinas in his inspection of the engineering spaces after the first torpedo struck, and in securing overboard valves and ruptured lines when the second torpedo struck and the ship opened fire on the attacking submarine.
Birth: 12/24/1913 - Shelburn, IN
Home Town: Granite City, IL

 

 

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