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The Navy Cross
To U.S. Civilian Personnel
World War II
To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:
This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pleasure in Presenting
THE NAVY CROSS
*SHANK, DR. LAWTON E. (POW)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Dr. Lawton E. Shank, Civilian (U.S. Army Reserve), U.S. Civilian, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy as Physician to American Contractors, Naval Air Station, Wake Island, while associated with the naval defenses on Wake Island on 9 December 1941. At about 1100, while in the camp hospital, during an intensive bombing and strafing attack in the course of which the hospital was completely destroyed and several persons therein killed or wounded, Doctor Shank remained at his post and supervised the evacuation of t he patients and equipment. With absolute disregard for his own safety, and displaying great presence of mind, he was thus enabled to save those still living and to establish a new hospital in an empty magazine. Doctor Shank's display of outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 29, 1907 at Steuben County, Indiana
Home Town: Angola, Indiana
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