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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
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DAHMS, KENNETH JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Kenneth John Dahms, Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron THIRTY (VF-30), during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 6 April 1945. Flying target combat air patrol, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dahms pressed home determined attacks against hostile aircraft and, in a single engagement, destroyed two enemy fighters and three enemy dive bombers and assisted in the destruction of another fighter. By his superb airmanship, he assisted materially in breaking up a large-scale enemy air attack on units of our Fleet engaged in landing operations on Okinawa. His courage and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dahms and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0620 (July 4, 1945)


DALE, JOHN RUSSELL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Russell Dale, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane and Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron TWENTY (VC-20), embarked from the U.S.S. KADASHAN BAY (CVE-76), in action against enemy Japanese forces near Samar in the Philippine Islands during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 9, 1915 at Mt. Vernon, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York


DALTON, ROY BALE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy Bale Dalton (112372), Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Flight of Fighter Planes in Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VF-82), attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the East China Sea, on 24 March 1945. After conducting a long search, Lieutenant Commander Dalton located a hostile convoy and directed other squadrons to the scene. Then leading his own division in an attack on a Japanese warship, he contributed materially to its sinking. Later, he made repeated attacks on both enemy merchant ships and escorting warships and assisted in the destruction of the entire convoy. His leadership, courage and devotion to the completion of a hazardous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 15, 1917 at Stephens, Arkansas
Home Town: Stephens, Arkansas


DALWITZ, WILBET WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilbet William Dalwitz, Motor Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving aboard U.S.S. SCAMP (SS-277), during the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during a heavy depth charging on 18 September 1943. When a hull fitting carried away, allowing a large stream of water under great pressure to enter the ship, Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Dalwitz threw himself against the stream of water and through a superhuman effort reached the valve which would stop the flow. He managed to shut the valve, thereby preventing serious flooding and the possible loss of U.S.S. SCAMP and her crew. The conduct of Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Dalwitz throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 323 (February 1944)
Born: December 17, 1918 at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*DALY, EDWARD CARLYLE (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Carlyle Daly, Coxswain, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. DOWNES (DD-375), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. After an oil fire forced the abandonment of his station in the forward part of his ship, the U.S.S. DOWNES, a destroyer which was heavily bombed during the attack, Coxswain Daly gave up his life in a courageous and daring attempt to save a badly wounded shipmate who had been trapped in a flaming compartment of the ship. The conduct of Coxswain Daly throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Born: April 27, 1914 at Pink Hill, North Carolina
Home Town: Goldsboro, North Carolina


DALY, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John J. Daly, Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with the First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 25 - 26 February 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Hospital Apprentice First Class Daly undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DALY, JOSEPH R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph R. Daly, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed over Guadalcanal and Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Sighting a group of about 27 twin- engined enemy bombers with escort, Ensign Daly and a comrade attacked before they could release their bombs, and although he was viciously intercepted by Zero fighters, he downed two of them and helped to turn back the bombers. He continued in the engagement until he was severely injured, suffering 9 bullet wounds and second-degree burns before his plane, eventually shot down by hostile fire, crashed into the sea. Ensign Daly's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: May 14, 1918 at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


DANIEL, JOHN CHESHIRE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Cheshire Daniel, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Officer in Tactical Command of Destroyer Squadron FORTY-FIVE (Desron 45), a Radar Picket Station Unit, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from 16 May to 21 June 1945. With his unit under frequent and determined Japanese suicide attack, Captain Daniel handled his surface units and the planes of the combat air patrol assigned his command with superb skill and determination and, by his decisive actions and aggressive fighting spirit, was instrumental in the destruction of forty enemy aircraft. His leadership, professional skill and vigilant devotion to duty were contributing factors in the success of this vital operation, and his gallant conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Destroyers Pacific, Serial 04313 (December 24, 1945)


DANIELS, JERRY FOREST, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jerry Forest Daniels, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession, while serving as Officer in Charge of a Fire Fighting Party on board the U.S.S. SUWANEE (CVE-27), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands, on 26 October 1944. Although wounded by shrapnel and burned about the head and face when his ship was damaged by fire from air attack twice in succession, Lieutenant Commander Daniels promptly made his way from the bridge to the flight deck and, after organizing a fire fighting party, supervised the group in bringing a severe fire on the forward part of the flight deck under control despite burning and exploding planes. When all senior officers had been killed or wounded, he assumed the duties of Executive Officer and expertly carried out his self-assigned task. His leadership, courage and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Daniels and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 0886 (March 16, 1945)
Born: February 16, 1916 at Independence, Kansas
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas


DARROCH, JAMES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James W. Darroch, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the U.S.S. BRANT (ARS-32), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River, Lieutenant Darroch and his crew, on the night of 9 November proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his shipmates skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, just as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Lieutenant Darroch dauntlessly started back and, in spite of enormous breakers which battered his boat and washed one of his machine guns overboard, brought her and her courageous crew back to safety. His throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 4, 1912 at Kewanee, Illinois
Home Town: Albany, California


*DARY, BRYON ALFRED (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Bryon Alfred Dary (03062778), Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman aboard the U.S.S. SANBORN(APA-193), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Volcano Islands, on 19 February 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: March 11, 1925 at Clinton, Wisconsin
Home Town: Allens Grove, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


DASPIT, LAWRENCE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lawrence R. Daspit, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TINOSA (SS-238), during a War Patrol of that submarine in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific Theater of Operations. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Daspit brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 330 (September 1944)
Born: October 18, 1905 at Houma, Louisiana
Home Town: Houma, Louisiana


DAUGHERTY, JAMES WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James William Daugherty, Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. SHUBRICK (DD-268), in action against the enemy during the Sicilian Campaign on 4 August 1943. Hearing the cries of men who were trapped in the after fireroom when an enemy bomb inflicted severe damage on his ship, Chief Watertender Daugherty disregarded imminent peril to himself and promptly went to the rescue of his helpless comrades. To facilitate escape, he cut away a blackout device, then entered the fast-flooding, steam-filled compartment and assisted the imprisoned crew members to safety. The conduct of Chief Watertender Daugherty throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 333 (December 1944)
Born: January 17, 1896 at Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


DAVENPORT, ROY M.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy M. Davenport, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HADOCK (SS-231), on the FIFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 30 June 1943 to 10 August 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Caroline Islands. Throughout numerous hazardous war patrols in enemy-infested waters, Lieutenant Commander Davenport pressed home his attacks with cool and courageous determination and despite intense and persistent hostile opposition, succeeded in sinking over 10,500 tons of enemy shipping and damaging over 35,500 tons. His aggressive fighting spirit, inspiring leadership and the splendid efficiency of the men in his command contributed immeasurably to the success of our operations in this vital area and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DAVENPORT, ROY M.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Roy M. Davenport, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HADDOCK (SS-231), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 2 September 1943 to 28 September 1943, while that vessel was engaged in an aggressive and successful patrol against enemy Japanese in the Caroline Islands. Although operating in the presence of formidable concentrations of anti-submarine vessels, Lieutenant Commander Davenport pressed home a series of vigorous and persistent attacks which resulted in the sinking or damaging of an important amount of hostile shipping. Despite severe countermeasures on the part of the enemy, Lieutenant Commander Davenport brought his ship through many perilous encounters and his crew home without material damage or loss of life. His expert seamanship and cool courage in the face of great personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DAVENPORT, ROY M.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Roy M. Davenport, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HADDOCK (SS-231), on the SEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 20 October 1943 to 15 November 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Caroline Islands. With superb tactical skill, Commander Davenport maneuvered his ship into striking position and in a daring surface torpedo attack against a hostile destroyer search group, sank one of the Japanese warships then, during the ensuing confusion, carried out a successful surface retirement. Contacting two heavily escorted enemy convoys, he and his gallant command delivered accurate and devastating attacks against the hostile vessels, sinking a large amount of Japanese shipping. Commander Davenport's inspiring leadership and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DAVENPORT, ROY M.
(Fourth Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Navy Cross to Roy M. Davenport, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TREPANG (SS-412), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 13 September 1944 to 23 October 1944, in enemy controlled waters south of Honshu, Japan. Effectively covering wide areas of the enemy's shipping routes, Commander Davenport tracked Japanese surface forces with relentless determination, skillfully developing his contacts into highly aggressive torpedo attacks. Boldly launching his fire against hostile escorted convoys, he directed his command in the destruction of several important enemy vessels and continued his vigorous tactics by a night surface attack against a Japanese task force to sink or damage severely combatant ships of heavy fire power and vital to the enemy's sustained prosecution of the war. His valiant ship-handling in evading severe enemy countermeasures despite the TREPANG's inferior speed and highly phosphorescent seas and the gallant fighting spirit of the entire ship's company reflect the highest credit upon Commander Davenport and the United States Naval Service.

DAVENPORT, ROY M.
(Fifth Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Silver Star in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Navy Cross to Roy M. Davenport, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TREPANG (SS-412), during the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 16 November 1944 to 20 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Straits. Daringly penetrating a strong hostile escort screen to deliver a series of night surface attacks, Commander Davenport launched his torpedoes into an escorted convoy, holding to his targets grimly in the face of heavy countermeasures and sinking an important amount of Japanese tonnage. During this excellently planned and brilliantly executed engagement, the TREPANG effectively coordinated her efforts with other submarines and, as a result of the combined firepower of these gallant ships, contributed to the destruction of the entire convoy within a period of three hours. A courageous and expert seaman, forceful and inspiring in his leadership, Commander Davenport, as Group Commander, was largely responsible for the outstanding success of this vital and hazardous mission. His gallant conduct and the exceptional combat readiness of his command reflect the highest credit upon Commander Davenport and the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 17, 1911 at Kansas City, Kansas
Home Town: Kansas City, Kansas
Personal Awards: 5@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DAVIDSON, JAMES BARRIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Barrie Davidson, Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Inland Sea of Japan on 19 March 1945. Undaunted by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire from hostile warships and land batteries, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davidson pressed home a determined attack against an enemy battleship and, although his plane was hit and damaged in the initial part of his dive, scored direct hits with his bombs. His courageous airmanship, intrepid spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0900 (July 6, 1945)


DAVIS, ARTHUR CAYLEY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur Cayley Davis, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against the enemy on 24 August 1942, in the Solomon Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: March 14, 1893 at Columbia, South Carolina
Home Town: Worcester, Massachusetts


DAVIS, DOUGLAS COURTLAND
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Douglas Courtland Davis, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy PY-1 Liberator Patrol Plane in Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VB-106), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal and Munda in the Solomon Islands during the period from 1 November 1943 to 24 March 1944. Lieutenant Davis carried out repeated combat missions during which he destroyed six float planes, a large fuel dump and a vessel, severely damaged harbor facilities, four barges and a building, and silenced an antiaircraft gun position. On 7 November he attacked a hostile convoy at Satawan Island, and, in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire and fighter opposition and probably destroyed two Japanese airplanes. Lieutenant Davis' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 332 (November 1944)
Born: June 15, 1918 at Hillsboro, Missouri
Home Town: Webster Groves, Missouri


*DAVIS, FRANK ALFRED (POW-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Frank Alfred Davis, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as an Officer, and later as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. PIGEON (AM-47), in action at Cavite Naval Yard in the Philippine Islands, and subsequently in the defense of Manila Bay, during the period 7 December 1942 through 7 January 1942. Lieutenant Commander Davis participated in operations of strategic importance involving hazardous missions, while exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by Japanese air forces. Lieutenant Commander Davis' inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Born: May 10, 1896 at Boston, Massachusetts
Home Town: San Diego, California


*DAVIS, FREDERICK C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Frederick C. Davis, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. Since no planes were on board his battleship, U.S.S. NEVADA, this aviator on his own initiative and in a heroic effort to be of the greatest usefulness, was hurrying to the foremast structure to take charge of the forward antiaircraft machine gun battery when he was killed by a bomb explosion. The conduct of Ensign Davis throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: October 21, 1915 at Rock County, Wisconsin
Home Town: Orfordville, Wisconsin


DAVIS, GLENN BENSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Glenn Benson Davis, Rear Admiral [then Captain], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Battleship U.S.S. WASHINGTON (BB-56), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 14 - 15 November 1942. Rear Admiral Davis skillfully maneuvered his ship through perilous waters and repeated torpedo attacks against numerically superior Japanese forces. Gunfire from his ship is credited with sinking one enemy ship and damaging others. His own ship came through the engagement undamaged. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: January 2, 1892 at Norwalk, Ohio
Home Town: Norwalk, Ohio


DAVIS, HERSCHEL BAKER, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Herschel Baker Davis, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWENTY-ONE (VT-21), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands, on 25 October 1944. Flying in low over his target in the face of severe anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis pressed home a bold attack upon an enemy carrier task group at perilously close range to score a direct and damaging hit upon a battleship. Participating in another daring strike on the same day, he contributed to the destruction of an aircraft carrier. His brilliant airmanship, courage and devotion to duty were important factors in the infliction of extensive damage upon the enemy and reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0582 (December 22, 1944)
Born: January 22, 1922 at Des Moines, Iowa
Home Town: Rockford, Illinois


DAVIS, HUGH BRUNSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hugh Brunson Davis, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. ASTORIA (CA-34), during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis supervised the moving of personnel to a safer location after enemy shells set fire to a fuel tank. Finding men trapped in the engineroom and suffocating from heat and smoke from fires on the upper decks, he entered the blazing mess compartment, forced open the water-tight door, and guided the men to safety. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Born: August 3, 1914 at Claude, Texas
Home Town: Houston, Texas


DAVIS, JAMES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James W. Davis, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. RATON (SS-270), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 10 May 1944 to 23 June 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the South China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment he brought Commander Davis ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 12, 1906 at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


DAVIS, JOHN MACK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Mack Davis (0-173757), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron ELEVEN (VT-11), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), during action against the enemy Japanese Fleet in the Battle off Samar, on 25 October 1944. Facing intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis pressed home his daring attack and scored two direct bomb hits on a Japanese battleship. By his superb airmanship and indomitable fighting spirit, in spite of extremely perilous conditions, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis contributed materially to the success of the mission and, his heroism throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0576
Born: August 8, 1921 at Gordo, Alabama
Home Town: Gordo, Alabama


DAVIS, JUDSON C., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Judson C. Davis, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR (VT-84), embarked from the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), during an attack against the Japanese Battleship Yamato off Kyushu, Japan, on 7 April 1945. Displaying great skill and courage, Lieutenant Davis pressed home his torpedo attack and despite extremely intense antiaircraft fire from all caliber weapons on the battleship and the surrounding screen. His torpedo was one of thirteen dropped in a concerted attack by the squadron, which cored at least nine hits on the battleship almost simultaneously. Without flinching he carried his torpedo in to close range through adverse weather conditions and intense enemy fire which included the main batteries, contributing materially to the complete destruction of the capital ship a short time later. His courage, skill, determination and unswerving devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


*DAVIS, LELAND LAFROY (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Leland Lafroy Davis (0-146517), Machinist, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron FORTY-ONE (VP-41), Patrol Wing FOUR, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska, on 11 June 1942. Machinist Davis made daring, repeated dive-bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese ships and four-motored patrol planes in Kiska Harbor despite severe adverse weather conditions and fire from antiaircraft and shore batteries. Machinist Davis' bomber was on a patrol mission on 11 June 1942, when the Japanese submarine was sighted running on the surface eight miles away. Machinist Davis flew into the clouds to escape detection, came out one mile from the submarine as it began to submerge, and plunged downward in a bombing run. Two depth charges were released just ahead of the wake. Almost im­mediately the submarine blew its tanks and emerged, bow first, with a large oil slick spreading from either side of its hull. Machinist Davis' outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: March 25, 1917 at Callins, Mississippi
Home Town: Hattiesburg, Mississippi


*DAVIS, RICHARD L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Richard L. Davis, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. In the face of heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire, Ensign Davis pressed home, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, making a direct hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier, materially contributing to its sinking. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating antiaircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Ensign Davis contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: August 4, 1922 at Kino, Virginia
Home Town: Kino, Virginia


DAVIS, RICHARD MILTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Milton Davis, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Bombing Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VBF-85), embarked from the U.S.S. SHANGRI-LA (CV-38), during a strike at enemy Japanese Naval Forces, near Kure Harbor, Honshu, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Displaying great daring and airmanship despite intense and extremely accurate anti-aircraft fire from enemy ship and shore installations, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis pressed home his attack and scored a direct hit with a 1,000-pound bomb on the enemy battleship, HARUNA. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis' courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 02067 (October 12, 1945)


DAVIS, SAMUEL ADAMS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Samuel Adams Davis, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Rescue Plane in Rescue Squadron THREE during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Japanese Homeland on 25 July 1945. Persisting in a search for two downed aviators in the Inland Sea of Japan after his escort was forced to leave him, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis located and rescued a fighter pilot in the face of anti-aircraft fire from enemy shore batteries. While returning to his base, he sighted two more downed pilots and, executing a skillful landing by moonlight in a rough sea, took them aboard and returned the three airmen safe to base. His superb airmanship and courageous devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Davis and the United States Naval Service.


DAVIS, WILLIAM EDGAR, III
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Edgar Davis, III, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Participating in a vigorous strike against major units of the Japanese Fleet, including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis boldly plunged through continuous, intense antiaircraft fire to carry out his attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier, first strafing and then delivering a well placed bomb from low altitude. After this attack the carrier was left burning and subsequently sank. By his superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and courage maintained in the face of tremendous opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage and destruction on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive battle, and his gallant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 1, 1921 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Ambler, Pennsylvania


DAVISON, THURLOW WEED
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thurlow Weed Davison, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. FINCH (AM-9), during operations in the Philippine Islands during the period 7 December 1941 through 2 April 1942. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Lieutenant Commander Davison directed the anti-aircraft batteries of his ship and conducted operations of strategic importance involving hazardous such as to bring great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 305 (August 1942)
Born: January 4, 1906 at Newhope, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Millbrook, New York


DAWLEY, JACK BALDWIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jack Baldwin Dawley, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED ONE (VP-101), Patrol Wing TEN (PatWing-10), in action against enemy Japanese naval forces located near Jolo, in the Philippine Islands, on the morning of 27 December 1941. During an air attack on enemy ships when Anti-Aircraft Fire broke up the formation of PBY-4 Catalinas, Lieutenant Dawley was shot down. He rallied his survivors and joined with another downed officer in evading the enemy and leading his men to safety. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Born: November 3, 1913 at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


DAY, BARTON ELRED
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Barton Elred Day, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Commander of the Division Air Group for Task Group 77.4, in action against the enemy from 18 through 29 October 1944, in the Pacific War Area. Commander Day's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: April 18, 1911 at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: River Edge, New Jersey


DAY, CHARLES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles D. Day, Motor Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as a Member of the crew of Motor Torpedo Boat FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE (PT-489), in action against the enemy on 16 September 1944. Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Day volunteered to accompany two boats to assist in the rescue of a Navy fighter pilot shot down in Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island. A long narrow approach closely guarded by enemy guns and reportedly mined added to the danger. After attempts at rescue by airplane had been turned back by anti-aircraft fire, on the third attempt his boat succeeded in gaining entrance and located the pilot. When it became apparent that the flier was too severely injured to help himself, Day unhesitatingly dived overboard and got the wounded flier aboard. His boats were under intense fire for two and one-half hours. His actions contributed to the success of one of the most dangerous and thrilling rescues in the Southwest Pacific area. His conduct was in accordance with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.


*DEALEY, SAMUEL DAVID (MIA-KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel David Dealey (0-63136), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 7 June 1943 to 7 July 1943, in action against enemy forces near Honshu, Japan. Skillfully maneuvering his ship into striking position, Commander Dealey succeeded in sinking over 15,000 tons and damaging over 27,000 tons of enemy shipping. His cool courage, aggressive leadership, and gallant devotion to duty reflect great credit upon his command and the United States Naval Service.
Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 40 (September 9, 1943)

*DEALEY, SAMUEL DAVID (MIA-KIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel David Dealey (0-63136), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 24 August 1943 to 8 October 1943, in action against enemy forces near Honshu, Japan. Although operating in dangerously shallow water and in the presence of formidable concentrations of anti-submarine vessels, Commander Dealey, with superb skill and fearless persistence, pressed home a series of vigorous attacks which resulted in the sinking of an important amount of hostile shipping and the damaging of a Japanese trawler. His expert seamanship and cool courage in the face of great personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 44 (November 24, 1943)

*DEALEY, SAMUEL DAVID (MIA-KIA)
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel David Dealey (0-63136), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 30 October 1943 to 3 November 1943, in action against enemy Japanese-controlled waters of the Marianas Islands, Pacific War Area. Despite violent hostile anti-submarine measures, Commander Dealey pressed home his attacks against enemy surface vessels with brilliant tactical skill and fearless tenacity and succeeded in sinking an important amount of Japanese shipping. His superb leadership and calm courage in the face of grave danger and the gallant conduct of his intrepid command were an inspiration to the entire Submarine Service.
Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet: Serial 0573 (February 18, 1944)

*DEALEY, SAMUEL DAVID (MIA-KIA)
(Fourth Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel David Dealey (0-63136), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 29 March 1944 to 20 April 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific Area. Persistently searching the hazardous and confined waters of his assigned sector, Commander Dealey operated with determined aggressiveness throughout a prolonged and arduous mission, during which he repeatedly closed a fortified enemy atoll to short range for visual and photographic reconnaissance, thereby aiding the subsequent planning and execution of vigorous aerial strikes against hostile positions. Under his daring leadership, the Harder effected the rescue of a friendly pilot from a rubber raft marooned off a Japanese-held island despite harassing fire from hostile snipers and heavy aerial bombardment, sank an attacking enemy warship with a powerful salvo fired at close range and attacked and destroyed a freighter, probably sinking one of the freighter's escort vessels. Consistently daring in his conduct of forays against the Japanese, Commander Dealey placed the Harder within two thousand yards of a fiercely defended island on the morning of 20 April to deliver a smashing bombardment and inflict severe damage upon a vital enemy airstrip. By his outstanding seamanship, tenacious determination and courage in the face of tremendous odds, Commander Dealey contributed materially to the weakening of Japanese strength in this area and his valiant conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself, his gallant ship's company and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 02069 (July 31, 1944)
Born: September 13, 1906 at Dallas, Texas
Home Town: Dallas, Texas
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Purple Heart


DEAN, GEORGE HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Henry Dean, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron SIXTEEN (VB-16), embarked from the U.S.S. RANDOLPH (CV-15), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet in the Inland Sea of Japan, on 24 July 1945. Skillfully maneuvering his plane in a dive-bombing attack against an enemy battleship, ensign Dean pressed home his attack in the face of intense hostile anti-aircraft fire and succeeded in scoring a direct bomb hit on the target. By his courage and determination in the completion of his mission, he contributed materially to the subsequent sinking of the warship. Ensign Dean's airmanship throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01863 (September 18, 1945)


DEAN, WILLIAM ARTHUR, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Arthur Dean, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron TWO (VF-2), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Saipan on 11 and 20 June 1944. Commander Dean led repeated and daring aerial attacks against enemy airfields and fleet units during the Operations at Saipan in the Pacific War Area. On 11 June his squadron shot down 23 enemy aircraft in the Marianas, four of which Commander Dean personally accounted for. On 20 June his squadron attacked major units of the enemy fleet and, in the face of intense antiaircraft fire and fighter opposition, he personally scored a direct bomb hit on a large enemy aircraft carrier. Commander Dean's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 335 (February 1945)
Born: February 2, 1911 at Huston, Texas
Home Town: Coronado, California


DECESARO, ALFRED MICHELE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alfred Michele DeCesaro, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home a determined attack in the face of extremely intense and accurate antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, DeCesaro succeeded in scoring a direct hit upon a Japanese battleship of the ISE class. By his superb airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, DeCesaro contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: September 20, 1922 at Pueblo, Colorado
Home Town: Pueblo, Colorado


DEEWALL, RAYMOND GREGORY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond Gregory Deewall (0-27902), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession in combat with the enemy during the period 23 December 1941 to 4 January 1942, in organizing, administering and directing the United States Naval Forces of the Inshore Patrol off Corregidor Island, Philippine Islands. Although exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Commander Deewall conducted missions of major strategic important and of a hazardous nature involving mine laying, channel patrol and distant night patrols for intercepting enemy landing parties. The conduct of Commander Deewall throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 15, 1892 at Argonia, Kansas
Home Town: Argonia, Kansas


DEGARMO, EDWARD EMMET
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Edward Emmet DeGarmo, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VT-82), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet in the East China Sea, on 7 April 1945. Leading the strike group to the position of the hostile Task Force, Lieutenant Commander DeGarmo ordered the initial torpedo attack against the cruisers and destroyers protecting a Japanese battleship and, flying low through a barrage of intense anti-aircraft fire, aided in scoring direct hits on two cruisers and a destroyer which exploded upon impact. His inspiring leadership and devotion to the fulfillment of a hazardous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0592 (July 4, 1945)


*DELONG, EDWARD GROVER (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Grover DeLong (0-27903), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while Commanding Motor Torpedo Boat THIRTY-ONE (PT-31), (Code Name Trabejdor), Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), in action against the enemy from 25 February 1942 through 10 April 1942, in the Philippine Islands. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Lieutenant DeLong directed the anti-aircraft battery of his ship and conducted operations of strategic importance in the Manila Bay area involving hazardous missions such as to bring great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: August 20, 1915 at Springfield, South Dakota
Home Town: Springfield, South Dakota


DEMARCO, PAUL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul A. DeMarco, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron ONE (VT-1), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against enemy Japanese forces over Kure, Japan on 24 July 1945. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DEMING, WILBUR STONE, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilbur Stone Deming, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15, embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 24 October 1944. Undaunted by intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Deming carried out an attack against major hostile fleet units, scoring a direct bomb hit on a Japanese battleship and contributing to the success of the mission. By his skill as an airman and devotion to duty throughout, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Deming upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0429 (December 16, 1944)
Born: December 7, 1921 at India Home Town: Washington, Connecticut


DEMOSS, CHARLES WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles William DeMoss, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHTEEN (VF-18), attached to the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Diving from high level through a terrific curtain of antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant DeMoss scored a 500-pound bomb hit on the fantail of a radically maneuvering Kongo Class battleship, damaging the superstructure, crippling the rudder and propellers, and forcing the ship to withdraw from the battle. His outstanding courage and determination in the face of great danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DEMOTT, RICHARD WARREN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Warren DeMott, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Bombing Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VBF-85), embarked from the U.S.S. SHANGRI-LA (CV-38), during a strike at enemy Japanese Naval Forces, near Kure Harbor, Honshu, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Displaying great daring and airmanship despite intense and extremely accurate anti-aircraft fire from enemy ship and shore installations, Lieutenant DeMott pressed home his attack and scored a direct hit with a 1,000-pound bomb on the enemy battleship, HARUNA. Lieutenant DeMott's courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 02067 (October 12, 1945)


DEMPSEY, JAMES CHARLES
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Charles Dempsey, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. S-37 (SS-142), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the month of February 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the Makassar Strait. During a night surface attack against a division of Japanese destroyers on 8 February 1942, Lieutenant Dempsey attacked a Japanese convoy, torpedoing and sinking the destroyer Natsushiro. In this action ship became the first U.S. submarine ever to sink an enemy destroyer. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Dempsey brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DEMPSEY, JAMES CHARLES
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to James Charles Dempsey, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SPEARFISH (SS-190), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 27 March 1943 to 20 May 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Dempsey brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 30, 1908 at Eastport, Maryland
Home Town: Germantown, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DENBO, ROBERT WAYNE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Wayne Denbo (0-62631), Captain [then Commander], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Executive Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. LONG ISLAND (CVE-1), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. When his ship sustained severe damage after repeated enemy aerial attacks, Captain Denbo skillfully maintained adequate control and directed fire fighting measures at the scene of the first attack before proceeding to another damaged part of the ship to supervise the disposal of bombs and burning depth charges which were in momentary danger of exploding. By his courage, initiative and devotion to duty throughout, Captain Denbo was instrumental in saving the vessel from internal explosions, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 0789 (February 21, 1945)
Born: August 2, 1906 at Orleans, Indiana
Home Town: Orleans, Indiana


DENHAM, GLENN WILDER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Glenn Wilder Denham, Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWENTY (VF-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during search and attack operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 24 and 25 October 1944. A daring and intrepid airman, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Denham braved withering anti-aircraft fire to launch a devastating rocket attack on Japanese Fleet units and inflict extensive damage on a hostile destroyer and, continuing his bold tactics the following day, succeeded in scoring a smashing bomb hit on a Japanese battleship. His superb skill as an airman, resolute fighting spirit and brilliant combat tactics throughout reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Denham and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 046 (January 31, 1945)
Born: September 6, 1918 at Pulaski, Tennessee
Home Town: Williamsburg, Kentucky


DENNISON, HAROLD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold L. Dennison, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy PBY-5 Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron THIRTY-FOUR (VP-34), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed in the Bismarck Sea during the period 16 January 1944 to 15 February 1944. On the nights of 16 and 22 January and 15 February, Lieutenant Dennison led his PBY Catalina against enemy ships in the Bismarck Sea and within the vicinity of strong enemy bases. He bombed an enemy destroyer under intense antiaircraft fire which caused severe damage to his aircraft. However, with his damaged aircraft, he returned to make repeated strafing attacks. Under hazardous weather conditions he carried out an attack against a large merchant vessel in a strongly defended convoy. Receiving heavy and constant enemy fire, he caused heavy damage to the merchant vessel. In another action he forced an enemy tanker to run aground. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 27, 1917 at Stoddard, Wisconsin
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana


*DENNISTON, RADCLIFFE R., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Radcliffe R. Denniston, Jr. (0-077788), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FIVE (VT-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Denniston's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 5, 1916 at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Home Town: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWII), Legion of Merit, 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


DEPUTY, MARSHAL PIERCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Marshal Pierce Deputy, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FIFTEEN (VT-15, embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 24 October 1944. In the face of intense and accurate antiaircraft fire from the whole enemy formation, under extremely hazardous combat conditions, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Deputy participated in a torpedo-bombing attack on a Japanese cruiser. Fearlessly maneuvering through withering hostile fire of all calibers, he pressed home his attack and, by his expert airmanship, obtained a direct hit which caused certain damage. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: March 13, 1919 at Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Downingtown, Pennsylvania


DERBY, JACK ARMSTRONG
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jack Armstrong Derby, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Division Leader of Four Dive Bombers in Bombing Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VB-82), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against units of the enemy Japanese Fleet in the East China Sea near Kyushu, Japan, on 7 April 1945. Skillfully maneuvering his division during the initial strike despite intense anti-aircraft fire and adverse weather conditions, Lieutenant Derby pressed home a determined attack which contributed materially to the infliction of serious damage on a hostile cruiser. His professional ability and devotion to the completion of a perilous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0592 (July 4, 1945)


DeTAR, JOHN LESLIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Leslie DeTar, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TUNA (SS-203), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 26 January 1942 to 21 March 1942, off the coast of Kyushu in Japanese home waters. With bravery and determination Lieutenant Commander DeTar led his ship against the enemy in the enemy's own waters, and, in the face of strong Japanese surface patrols, sank one enemy freighter of about 6,000 tons, damaged and probably sunk one enemy destroyer, and damaged two other ships of undetermined type of about 2,000 tons each. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander DeTar brought his ship safely back to port without material or personal losses. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Born: September 21, 1906 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


DeTEMPLE, CARL NICHOLAS
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl Nicholas DeTemple (0-251079), Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Marianas Islands, on 12 and 20 June 1944. An aggressive combat pilot, Lieutenant DeTemple selected a large cargo vessel as his target during a strike against enemy shipping on 12 June and, executing a skillful dive-bombing attack, scored a direct hit amidships with resultant explosions and severe damage to the hostile ship. Participating in a fierce attack against the main Japanese Fleet during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea on 20 June, he bombed an enemy warship and started a fire, possibly sinking the Japanese ship. By his brilliant airmanship, courageous fighting spirit and unswerving devotion to duty, Lieutenant DeTemple contributed materially to the success of our operations in those engagements, and his great personal valor in the face of grave peril was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Fast Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0247 (July 13, 1944)

DeTEMPLE, CARL NICHOLAS
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Carl Nicholas DeTemple (0-251079), Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the East China Sea, on 7 April 1945. Participating in a daring strike against major units of the Japanese Fleet during extremely adverse weather, Lieutenant DeTemple boldly pressed home a determined attack on a Japanese battleship despite severe damage to his plane from intense anti-aircraft fire, scoring a direct hit on the hostile vessel and contributing materially to its subsequent sinking. His courageous airmanship, great personal valor and zealous devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0951 (July 6, 1945)
Born: June 17, 1920 at Denver, Colorado
Home Town: Denver, Colorado
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DeVANE, JOHN M., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John M. DeVane, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Flight Officer of Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Participating in four dive-bombing and strafing attacks, Lieutenant DeVane, under a bursting hail of antiaircraft shells, pressed home vigorous and persistent attacks against hostile airfields, light vessels, gun emplacements, tanks and trucks. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: October 14, 1915 at Fayetteville, North Carolina
Home Town: Fayetteville, North Carolina


DEXTER, JAMES CAMPBELL (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Campbell Dexter (0-104066), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Dexter, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and utter disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Born: November 11, 1915 at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington

*DIAL, NATHANIEL MINTER (POW-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Nathaniel Minter Dial (0-27906), Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Tug U.S.S. NAPA (AT-32), in combat with the enemy during the period 7 December 1941 to 18 March 1942. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Lieutenant Commander Dial directed the anti-aircraft batteries of his ship and conducted operations of strategic importance involving hazardous missions such as to bring great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 21, 1911 at Laurens, South Carolina
Home Town: Laurens, South Carolina


*DIBB, ROBERT ALLEN MURRAY (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Allen Murray Dibb, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron THREE (VF-3), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway, on 4 June 1942. Flying as one of a six-plane fighter escort for our torpedo planes in an attack against three Japanese aircraft carriers, Ensign Dibb, along with others, was vigorously attacked by a large number of ZERO fighters. With cool courage and grim determination he held his formation position on the Division Leader, not only protecting him but also shooting down one enemy fighter, assisting in the destruction of three others and damaging a fifty. Launched from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN that same afternoon to defend her against aerial torpedo assaults, he found the enemy's attack close-in and fully developed. Considering only the grave peril facing the carrier, he deliberately defied a bursting hail of anti-aircraft fire from our own ships in a desperate effort to intercept the enemy. His unyielding devotion to duty, maintained at great personal risk against tremendous odds, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Board Serial 19 (October 15, 1942)
Born: February 15, 1921 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Burbank, California


DICKEY, CHARLES HALL HOUSTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Hall Houston Dickey, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Section Leader in Torpedo Squadron TWENTY (VT-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 24 October 1944. Gallantly leading his section in a coordinated bomber and torpedo attack against a heavily-defended enemy Task Force, Lieutenant Dickey pressed home his attack through withering anti-aircraft fire, accurately releasing his torpedo and scoring a hit upon a 50,000-ton battleship of the YAMATO Class. By his superb leadership and daring tactics, he contributed essentially to the success of his squadron in seriously damaging a major unit of the Japanese Fleet, and his resolute courage and inspiring devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Dickey and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 032
Born: November 25, 1920 at Aurora, Indiana
Home Town: Morristown, Tennessee


DICKINSON, CLARENCE EARLE, JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clarence Earle Dickinson, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety, while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Returning to Oahu in a Scouting Plane, Lieutenant Dickinson and his gunner were engaged by a superior number of Japanese aircraft. Although the latter was killed, Lieutenant Dickinson continued to engage the enemy until his plane was forced down in flames. He escaped by parachute, landed near Ewa Airfield, and proceeded to the naval air station, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Here he was immediately assigned to a 175 mile aerial search operations at sea, his recent ordeal not having been reported to his superiors. Lieutenant Dickinson's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 301 (April 1942)

DICKINSON, CLARENCE EARLE, JR.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Clarence Earle Dickinson, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety, while serving as Flight Officer and a Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action near Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 10 December 1942. While searching for an enemy submarine reported nearby, Lieutenant Dickinson sighted a submarine on the surface and dove through a hail of antiaircraft fire to attack the vessel and dropped a bomb. The submarine went down in a manner that indicated it had been damaged, or possibly destroyed. There was no evidence of a dive, such as a propeller wake, while a large bubble of oil and air came to the surface. Lieutenant Dickinson's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 301 (April 1942)

DICKINSON, CLARENCE EARLE, JR.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Clarence Earle Dickinson, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Executive Officer of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Dickinson, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and utter disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 307 (October 1942)
Born: December 1, 1912 at Jacksonville, Florida
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina
Personal Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DICKSON, HARLAN ROCKEY
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harlan Rockey Dickson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Commander Dickson's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DICKSON, HARLAN ROCKEY
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Harlan Rockey Dickson, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Defying extreme danger from concentrated anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition, Lieutenant Dickson, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, participated in persistent and vigorous attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet. His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to the accomplishment of a vastly important objective contributed in large measure to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 16, 1914 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DIETRICH, WILLIAM F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William F. Dietrich, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Cargo Ship U.S.S. BELLATRIX (AKA-3), during operations off the shores of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands, during the period 7 through 18 September 1942. After participating in the initial attack, Captain Dietrich was subjected to five enemy air attacks in three days while making repeated trips into the hazardous area in order to deliver much needed supplies. On one occasion, with full knowledge that powerful enemy surface forces were in the vicinity, he returned to Guadalcanal unescorted, with a cargo of supplies urgently needed ashore. Captain Dietrich's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: August 1, 1893 at New York, New York
Home Town: Mount Vernon, New York


DILLAHUNTY, ROY FRANCIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy Francis Dillahunty (0-321120), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against enemy Japanese forces in Kure Harbor, Japan, on 24 July 1945. During an attack on major units of the Japanese Fleet, including battleships, aircraft carriers and cruisers, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dillahunty skillfully piloted his aircraft through intense anti-aircraft fire from both the enemy warships in the harbor and the many gun emplacements on the shore to score a direct bomb hit on the aircraft carrier assigned him as a target. By his skillful airmanship and courage, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dillahunty contributed materially to the heavy damage done this warship, and his outstanding devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01701 (September 3, 1945)


DILLARD, CHESTER LOUIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Chester Louis Dillard, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber, during action against the Japanese Fleet in the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. Flying at extreme range from base to participate in a daring strike on a hostile aircraft carrier, Lieutenant Dillard fought his plane gallantly against enemy intercepting aircraft, going in low despite the intense hostile anti-aircraft fire and launching a brilliantly executed dive-bombing attack which resulted in the scoring of three direct and two probable hits on the Japanese carrier. With his fuel exhausted, he succeeded in making a safe water landing at night and was rescued by a friendly destroyer. His great personal valor and aggressive fighting spirit in the fulfillment of an exceptionally hazardous and vital mission reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Dillard and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Fast Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0439 (August 20, 1944)
Born: March 31, 1917 at Collins, Georgia
Home Town: Lyons, Georgia


DILLARD, WILLIAM PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Paul Dillard, Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. BUTLER (DD-636) in action against the enemy on 29 April 1945, at Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.


*DIMARZO, DONALD DOMENIC (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Donald Domenic DiMarzo (0-122831), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Fire Marshall on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), during operations in Philippine waters when his ship was attacked by a heavy force of Japanese aircraft on 25 November 1944. Despite the raging fires and explosions resulting from the enemy attack, Lieutenant DiMarzo promptly organized and led his men in effective fire-fighting measures. He fearlessly spearheaded the damage-control operations and, gallantly disregarding all personal danger, fought relentlessly to bring the raging flames under control. By his forceful leadership, brilliant professional valor in the face of extreme peril, he contributed essentially to the saving of his ship. The conduct of Lieutenant DiMarzo throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 342 (September 1945)
Born: May 24, 1903 at Lowell, Massachusetts
Home Town: Long Beach, California


DIVINE, ROBERT ALLEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Allen Divine, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Campaign on 24 August 1942. In company with another plane, Ensign Divine, defying terrific fire from hostile anti-aircraft batteries and Japanese Zeros, launched a vigorous and determined attack which scored a direct hit on an enemy cruiser. By his relentless fighting spirit and aggressive courage he contributed materially to the defeat of a Japanese task force. His persistent devotion to duty, maintained at great risk in the face of grave peril, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 9, 1920 at Fresno, California
Home Town: Fowler, California


DIXON, HAROLD FREDERICK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold Frederick Dixon, Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), after a forced landing at sea while in operations against the enemy in the South Pacific on 16 January 1942. Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Dixon's plane sank immediately, forcing him and his crew to take to an aviation emergency rubber boat. By his resourcefulness and excellent judgment, and demonstrating exceptional determination and skillful seamanship, he succeeded in navigating the rubber boat for 34 days over approximately 500 miles, without adequate provisions or equipment, and landing safely on a remote Pacific Island, thereby saving the lives of his crew and exhibiting the highest quality of leadership. The conduct of Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Dixon throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 302 (May 1942)
Born: January 10, 1901 at Muskogee, Oklahoma
Home Town: La Mesa, California


DIXON, ROBERT ELLINGTON
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Ellington Dixon, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Commanding Officer of Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces over enemy-controlled waters near Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea on 10 March 1942. Lieutenant Commander Dixon led his squadron 125 miles over uncharted mountains and jungles, to press home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined bombing attack on enemy ships, sinking three of them. Lieutenant Commander Dixon's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DIXON, ROBERT ELLINGTON
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Robert Ellington Dixon, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Commanding Officer of Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. With an enemy aircraft carrier as the objective, on 7 May Lieutenant Commander Dixon led his squadron on a determined dive bombing attack in which he dived to a low altitude and, in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition, dropped his bomb on the deck of a carrier, thereby aiding in the total destruction of that vessel. On 8 May, having sighted a vastly superior enemy Japanese air force, he remained on station to report its movement and disposition to his squadron, then engaged in search operations. These scouting and bombing missions so courageously undertaken and skillfully executed by Lieutenant Commander Dixon and the units of the squadron under his command, were distinctive contributions to the ultimate victory attained by our forces. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 307 (October 1942)
Born: April 22, 1906 at Richland, Georgia
Home Town: Richland, Georgia
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DOCKERY, JAMES EDDIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Eddie Dockery, Steward's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as a Petty Officer aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces when his ship was attacked by a Japanese dive bomber from the starboard side of the ship in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 29 October 1944. Trained and assigned to a gun tub on the port side of the INTREPID, Steward's Mate First Class Dockery was in position on 29 October 1944, when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the ship from starboard, aiming directly for Steward's Mate First Class Dockery's position. Grabbing his 20-mm. anti-aircraft gun and pointing it across the flight deck, he immediately began firing. He remained at his post and continued to shoot until the plane finally crashed, its wings shot off, into the gun tub, severely burning the him, injuring others and killing 10 of his fellow gun crew. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.


DODSON, CHARLES O., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles O. Dodson, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane, in action on 25 July 1945, during operations against capital shipping in the Japanese Island sea area. Lieutenant Dodson's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DOLL, FREDERICK, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick Doll, Jr., Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against the enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. Leading his flight of aircraft on a strike mission against major units of the Japanese Fleet, including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant Commander Doll gallantly plunged through the enemy's heavy barrage of extremely intense anti-aircraft fire and scored a direct torpedo hit upon a hostile aircraft carrier, contributing materially to her subsequent sinking. Although his own craft and six others of his group were damaged by enemy fire, and one of his pilots was seriously wounded, he succeeded in returning his flight to the carrier. By his brilliant airmanship, indomitable courage and daring tactics, Lieutenant Commander Doll was instrumental in achieving a decisive victory over the Japanese forces during this battle. His dauntless fighting spirit and unswerving devotion to duty maintained under extremely hazardous combat conditions throughout numerous vital missions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0765 (October 30, 1944)
Born: May 15, 1917 at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


DONAHO, GLYNN R.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Glynn R. Donaho, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. FLYING FISH (SS-229), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 15 August 1942 to 15 September 1942, in enemy controlled waters at Truk in the Caroline Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Donaho brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DONAHO, GLYNN R.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Glynn R. Donaho, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. FLYING FISH (SS-229), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 27 October 1942 to 16 December 1942, in enemy controlled waters at Truk in the Carolina Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Donaho brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DONAHO, GLYNN R.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Glynn R. Donaho, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. FLYING FISH (SS-229), on its FOURTH War Patrol in the Pacific, patrolling the waters of the Marianas Islands from 5 January 1943 to 28 February 1943. During a single war patrol in enemy waters, Lieutenant Commander Donaho made repeated torpedo attacks against Japanese shipping, sinking four vessels and damaging two others. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Donaho brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 321 (December 1943)

DONAHO, GLYNN R.
(Fourth Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Navy Cross to Glynn R. Donaho, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PICUDA (SS-382), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 July 1944 to 3 October 1944, in enemy controlled waters in the Luzon Strait of the Philippine Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Donaho brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 25, 1906 at George, Texas
Home Town: Normangee, Texas
Personal Awards: 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DONAHOE, OMER JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Omer John Donahoe, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VF-82), attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet and against Naval installations in the Japanese Inland Sea, on 19 March 1945. During a bombing and strafing attack on an enemy aircraft carrier, Lieutenant Donahoe shot down a hostile fighter aircraft and, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, scored a direct hit which seriously damaged the flight deck of the hostile warship. His kill, courage and devotion to the completion of a hazardous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0592 (July 4, 1945)


DONAHUE, PHILIP AUGUSTINE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Philip Augustine Donahue, Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a member of a repair party on board the Light Cruiser U.S.S. BOISE (CL-47), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. Chief Boatswain's Mate Donahue dove into a flooded compartment, un-dogged an escape scuttle in the deck and attached a line to the scuttle. Swimming to the surface, he assisted in pulling the scuttle open and releasing a man trapped in the lower compartment. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Born: January 11, 1912 at Lawrence, Massachusetts
Home Town: Lawrence, Massachusetts


*DONALDSON, TROSE EMMETT (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Trose Emmett Donaldson (0-90693), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while as Gunnery/Torpedo Officer of the Submarine Tender U.S.S. OTUS (AS-20), in combat against enemy Japanese forces during the bombardment of Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, beginning on 10 December 1941. During a time of extreme stress and danger, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Donaldson, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, worked tirelessly to evacuate ships and wounded from the stricken area and in fighting fires which raged along the waterfront. Although exposed to fierce and persistent attacks by Japanese bombers and land-based guns, he operated and directed the anti-aircraft fire from aboard his ship with grim determination and unflinching devotion to duty. His great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: June 19, 1914 at Tacoma, Washington
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Purple Heart


DONNELL, JOHN GERALD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Gerald Donnell, Chief Specialist, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while in charge of a Scout Boat from the U.S.S. THOMAS JEFFERSON during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from November 8 to 11, 1942. Preceding the assault on Fedala on 8 November Donnell skillfully maneuvered his craft in complete darkness from the transport area six miles off the coast toward the landing beach designated for the assault battalion of the Thomas Jefferson. Despite a dangerous rock reef at the end of the beach and enemy batteries menacing the shore, he located his position and by prescribed signals guided incoming boat waves of troops. Although under fire from hostile forces, Donnell gallantly maintained his station until his mission was accomplished, thereby contributing to the successful landing of our troops. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: December 30, 1912 at Boise, Idaho
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


DORNIN, ROBERT E.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert E. Dornin, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRIGGER (SS-237), on a War Patrol of that submarine in enemy controlled waters. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Dornin brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DORNIN, ROBERT E.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Robert E. Dornin, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRIGGER (SS-237), on a War Patrol of that submarine in enemy controlled waters. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Dornin brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 30, 1912 at Berkeley, California
Home Town: San Francisco, California
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DORTON, ROBERT STORRS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Storrs Dorton (0-156379), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a Navy Patrol Plane and Commander of RESCUE SQUADRON THREE, deployed off the U.S.S. KADASHAN BAY (CVE-76), during rescue operations in the Japanese Home Waters, on 2 June 1945. Intercepting a report on the capsizing of a Navy search plane during its attempted to rescue a downed fighter pilot, Lieutenant Dorton courageously flew into the hostile Kagoshima Bay, Kyushu, Japan, and executed a rough water landing one-half mile off the beach. Although assailed by anti-aircraft fire from shore batteries while airborne as well as waterborne, he succeeded in reaching the downed fighter pilot and the entire crew of the sunken search plane and, taking all survivors aboard, returned safe to base. His skilled airmanship, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 3d Fleet: Serial 00208 (June 25, 1945)


DOUGHTY, MORRIS RUSSELL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Morris Russell Doughty, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VS-71), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-7), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 25 August 1942. During operations of the United States Naval and Marine Forces in support of the occupation of the islands, Lieutenant Doughty, intercepting a hostile four-engined flying boat which was harassing his own air group, pressed home a fearless and determined attack in the face of tremendous opposition. Riddled by his continuous and deadly fire, this huge plane disintegrated in mid-air, fell apart like a bursting shell and crashed into the sea. Lieutenant Doughty's gallant initiative and courageous devotion to duty, maintained with utter disregard for his own personal safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: November 5, 1914 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Home Town: Cape Girardeau, Missouri


DOUGLASS, GEORGE M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George M. Douglass, Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Flight Leader in Torpedo Squadron NINETY-FOUR (VT-94), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces at the important Fleet anchorage near Kure, Honshu, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Leading a flight of thirteen torpedo bombers in a coordinated attack against major units of the Japanese Fleet in their heavily-defended anchorage, Lieutenant Commander Douglass skillfully deployed his flight and, pressing home his attack in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire from harbor positions and ships dispersed throughout the area, personally scored direct hits on his assigned target, a heavy cruiser, thereby facilitating the bombing by other pilots and contributing materially to the destruction of the ship. When two of his planes were hit by intense enemy anti-aircraft fire, he effected a rendezvous of his flight despite the known presence of hostile fighter aircraft and continuous ground fire. Although unable to rendezvous fighter cover, he led his flight at the slow speeds attainable by one crippled plane safely through the Inland Sea of Japan to a position of safety where the plane was ditched and the crew saved by a rescue seaplane. Lieutenant Commander Douglass' airmanship, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01833 (September 17, 1945)


DOWLING, ARTHUR LAURENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur Laurence Dowling, Lieutenant Commander [the Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Rescue Vessel U.S.S. Patrol Craft Escort EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (PCE(R) 855), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the amphibious assault and capture of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from April to June 1945. Operating at an isolated and exposed station for a prolonged period of intensive combat, Lieutenant Commander Dowling repeatedly brought his ship alongside burning and sinking ships and, although frequently forced to fight off enemy air attack during rescue operations, valiantly directed the rescue of numerous survivors of these stricken ships. His inspiring leadership, intrepid spirit and courageous devotion to duty reflect t he highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Dowling and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Amphibious Forces, Pacific: Serial 03179 (December 1, 1945)


DOWLING, ROY BENJAMIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy Benjamin Dowling, Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the Fleet Tug U.S.S. CHEROKEE (AT-66), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River in order to land raiders near a strategic airport in order to land raiders near a strategic airport, Boatswain's Mate First Class Dowling and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November, proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his comrades skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Boatswain's Mate First Class Dowling and the other members of his party, in spite of the enormous breakers which battered their boat, brought her back to safety. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 20, 1917 at Ft. Worth, Texas
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington


DOWNES, ROBERT B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert B. Downes, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as First Lieutenant on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13), which was striking the Japanese home islands in the vicinity of Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. When the FRANKLIN was struck by enemy bombs which caused tremendous fires and explosions among a large number of fully armed and fueled planes both on the flight deck and in the hangar, Lieutenant Commander Downes organized firefighting and damage control parties, jettisoning hot ammunition and bombs, some of which were extricated from amidst the wreckage of burning aircraft and were so heated and damaged it was impossible to defuse them. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Downes throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida


DOWNEY, ERNEST WILLARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ernest Willard Downey, Boatswain, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving at Vaga, in the Philippine Islands, in action against the enemy from 7 December 1941 to 25 February 1942. Boatswain Downey's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: November 3, 1908 at Loogootee, Indiana
Home Town: Pocatello, Idaho


DOWNING, ARTHUR L.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur L. Downing, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces near Salamaua and Lae, New Guinea, on 10 March 1942. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Downing dived and skillfully attacked one of three Japanese aircraft tenders or transports and obtained a direct hit on one of the hostile vessels. By his superb airmanship and outstanding courage he contributed to the destruction of the three enemy ships and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)

DOWNING, ARTHUR L.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Arthur L. Downing, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Downing's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 310 (January 1943)

DOWNING, ARTHUR L.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Arthur L. Downing, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FOURTEEN (VB-14), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-18), while serving as Leader of a strike group of Fighter, Dive Bomber and Torpedo Planes in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands. In the course of this strike, several battleships were either sunk or severely damaged. as Pilot of the leading dive-bombing airplane, he attacked one of the most powerful enemy battleships. In spite of extremely anti-aircraft fire from every kind of weapon, he deliberately pressed his attack to an extraordinarily low level before releasing his bombs, both of which were direct hits in a vulnerable spot. This accurate and aggressive bombing silenced fire from the forward part of the ship and permitted following Torpedo Planes to press home their attacks with comparative impunity. Furthermore, it inspired his wingmen to follow him down to the same low altitude and secure one additional sure and one probable direct hit. While returning from this highly successful mission, he shot down in flames an enemy seaplane. By his courageous leadership and example, he contributed greatly to the severe damage and destruction inflicted upon a major enemy surface force. His fortitude, coolness and skill were an inspiration to all with whom he served and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 20, 1915 at Wenatchee, Washington
Home Town: South Haven, Michigan
Personal Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DOWNS, WALTER MIDDLESWORTH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walter Middlesworth Downs, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron ONE (VB-1), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet at Kure Naval Base in Japan, on 28 July 1945. Flying through intense anti-aircraft fire from numerous warships and from strategically-placed shore batteries, Ensign Downs courageously carried out a low-altitude bombing attack against an ISE Class battleship, scoring one direct hit and inflicting extensive damage on the hostile vessel. Recovering from the run well under 1,000 feet, he flew close aboard two large enemy carriers to permit his gunner-photographer to obtain damage assessment photographs. By his skill as an airman and aggressive fighting spirit, Ensign Downs contributed to the success of an epic strike in which all capital ships of the Japanese Fleet at Kure were either damaged or sunk. His devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 02024 (October 8, 1945)


*DOWTY, NORMAN TAYLOR (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Norman Taylor Dowty (0-121950), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Composite Squadron FIFTY-FIVE (VC-55), embarked from the U.S.S. BLOCK ISLAND (CVE-21), in action against an enemy submarine off the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean on 19 March 1944. Sighting the hostile ship while participating with an accompanying fighter plane in a search flight, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dowty unhesitatingly went into action and, skillfully maneuvering his craft into position for a powerful strike, pressed home his daring, aggressive attacks at perilously low altitude in the face of intense, persistent anti-aircraft fire and accurately released depth bombs which exploded on the deck of the submarine and completely destroyed the enemy vessel. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dowty's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 331 (October 1944)
Born: December 14, 1919 at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: Natchitoches, Louisiana


DOYLE, AUSTIN KELVIN
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Austin Kelvin Doyle, Rear Admiral [then Captain], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War Area, from 29 August to 30 October 1944. Under heavy enemy aerial attack while operating close to Japanese shores on 13 and 14 October, Rear Admiral Doyle maintained his ship at full fighting strength which resulted in a number of enemy aircraft being shot down by anti-aircraft fire with no damage to the HORNET. During operations against the Japanese Fleet during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 and 26 October, he again handled his ship in such an outstanding manner that the full strength of his Air Group was brought to bear against the enemy resulting in heavy damage to and the sinking of capital ships of the Japanese Fleet. By his courage and leadership he contributed directly to the success of our forces in this area and his devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01203 (February 4, 1945)

DOYLE, AUSTIN KELVIN
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Austin Kelvin Doyle, Rear Admiral [then Captain], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Western Pacific War Area, from 10 February to 19 May 1945. A bold and inspiring leader, Rear Admiral Doyle directed his ship and attached air group in a series of aggressive operations against the enemy in which 297 hostile planes were shot down and destroyed, important units of the Japanese Fleet damaged, and shore installations and enemy shipping damaged or destroyed. Although the HORNET was subjected to numerous air attacks during this period, he skillfully maneuvered to bring all guns to bear and repulse the enemy planes, of which several were shot down by his ship's anti-aircraft batteries. By his outstanding professional skill, Rear Admiral Doyle maintained the fighting strength of his ship at a peak of efficiency, and his gallant fighting spirit was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0627 (September 19, 1946)
Born: November 7, 1898 at New York, New York
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DOYLE, FRANK DOCK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frank Dock Doyle, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHTEEN (VT-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Boldly flying through intense anti-aircraft fire to press home a low-level attack against a Carrier Task Force, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Doyle succeeded in scoring a direct hit on a hostile vessel and, although his plane was hit by enemy fire, made a safe return to base. By his outstanding airmanship, courage and devotion to duty, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Doyle contributed to the infliction of costly damage upon the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0192 (July 6, 1945)


DOYLE, JOHN REMINE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Remine Doyle, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHTY (VB-80), attached to the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), during an attack against an enemy Japanese warship near the Philippine Islands, on 5 November 9144. With his bomber damaged by enemy fire and blazing furiously as he initiated his dive, Ensign Doyle resolutely continued his bold run over a Japanese heavy cruiser, plunging through an intense barrage of anti-aircraft shells to release his deadly bomb at a perilous altitude. Scoring a destructive hit on the hostile warship, he pulled up from the dive and subsequently brought his burning plane down in a well-executed landing on the water. Through his steadfast determination and cool courage despite grave danger, he contributed in large measure to the sinking of a major enemy fleet unit and his daring airmanship and heroic combat tactics were vital factors in the success of his squadron's coordinated attacks against Japanese surface vessels. Ensign Doyle's indomitable fighting spirit and gallant devotion to duty under fire were inspiring to those who served with him and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0815 (January 6, 1945)
Born: September 27, 1924 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Town: Lincoln, Nebraska


DOYLE, JOSEPH ANTHONY, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Anthony Doyle, Jr., Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron TEN (VT-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Marianas Islands, during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. Participating in a daring strike against the main Japanese Fleet, Lieutenant Doyle selected an enemy aircraft carrier as his target and fearlessly pressing home his skillful attacks in the face of fierce fighter opposition and intense anti-aircraft fire from surrounding Japanese warships, succeeded ins coring two direct hits on the enemy carrier and caused a terrific explosion, thereby assisting essentially in the probable sinking of the hostile ship. By his brilliant airmanship, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Lieutenant Doyle contributed materially to the success of our operations in this historic engagement, and his great personal valor in the face of grave peril was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Fast Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0247 (July 13, 1944)
Born: June 13, 1920 at New York, New York
Home Town: Chevy Chase, Maryland


*DOYLE, ROBERT WILLIAM (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert William Doyle (0-315173), Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIXTEEN (VB-16), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in operations against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. Courageous and skillful in the face of enemy air opposition and extremely intense and continuous fire from hostile anti-aircraft batteries, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Doyle boldly pressed home a hazardous dive-bombing attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier and, accurately placing his bomb, scored a direct hit upon his target, despite its desperate evasive actions. A superb and intrepid airman, he contributed directly to the sinking of the enemy aircraft carrier and played a gallant part in strenuous aerial operations during this critical period of the Pacific War. His courage, daring tactics and fearless devotion to duty were essential factors in the success of our forces and reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Doyle and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0766 (October 30, 1944)
Born: November 23, 1923 at Rochester, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York


*DOZARK, CHARLES LELAND (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Charles Leland Dozark, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. HYMAN (DD-734), in action against the enemy on 6 April 1945, off Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.


DRAGO, THOMAS RENNIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Rennie Drago, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron ONE (VB-1), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet at Kure Naval Base, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Forced off his target after barely averting collision with accompanying planes while making a high-speed approach prior to diving, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Drago coolly scanned the harbor area and selected an ICE Class battleship for an alternate target. Then, diving through intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire from many warships and strategically-located shore batteries, he courageously pressed home his attack to score a direct hit and inflict extensive damage on the enemy vessel. By his airmanship and bold initiative, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Drago contributed materially to the success of an epic strike against the Japanese Fleet. His devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Division Task Force: Serial 02035 (October 8, 1945)


DRAKE, JOHN DANIEL KURTZ
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Daniel Kurtz Drake, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron FOURTEEN (VB-14), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 26 October 1944. Braving intense enemy anti-aircraft fire from powerful units of the Japanese Fleet, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Drake pressed home a close-range determined attack to score a direct hit on an enemy cruiser and contribute materially to the subsequent sinking of the hostile vessel. His expert airmanship, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01229 (February 6, 1945)
Born: September 27, 1922 at Wilmington, Delaware
Home Town: Wilmington, Delaware


DREIS, THOMAS GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas George Dreis, Lieutenant, Junior Grade (then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane in Air Group TWENTY-EIGHT (AG-28), embarked from the U.S.S. MONTEREY (CVL-26), operating against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. Cool and courageous in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire from numerous heavily-armed enemy warships, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dreis carried out a bold low-level bombing attack against the enemy Fleet, resulting in two direct hits and two near misses on a Japanese carrier. Returning to his Task Force after a 300-mile flight through darkness and unfavorable weather, he skillfully executed a safe landing on the MONTEREY. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dreis' aggressiveness, superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Fast Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0289 (August 3, 1944)
Born: January 2, 1923 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


DREYFUSS, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard J. Dreyfuss, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with the FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 21 February and 3 March 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dreyfuss undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DROPP, ANTHONY HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Anthony Henry Dropp, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SAURY (SS-189), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 7 May 1943 to 13 June 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Under Commander Dropp's excellent supervision, his submarine successfully destroyed one hostile freighter and two large tankers. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Dropp brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 324 (March 1944)
Born: January 29, 1910 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


DRURY, MARTIN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Martin J. Drury, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action during the attack on the Light Cruiser U.S.S. MARBLEHEAD (CL-12), by Japanese enemy bombers on 4 February 1942. Lieutenant Commander Drury directed the work of arresting and repairing damage to the vessel, in fighting fires and assisted in the rescue of the wounded. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: November 6, 1901 at Jamestown, Rhode Island
Home Town: Jamestown, Rhode Island


DUBOSE, EDWIN ANTHONY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Edwin Anthony DuBose, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Commander of a Division of Motor Torpedo Boats, engaged in operations against enemy coastal traffic off the West Coast of Italy in March and April 1944. Lieutenant DuBose in cooperation with British Coastal Forces led his units on several night missions against enemy convoys attempting to maintain supply lines to Axis armies in the Rome, Italy area. He skillfully and with the utmost courage and determination disposed his forces on these operations to seek out the enemy and screen the main attack group from destroyer and E-boat attack. These tasks he accomplished with complete success, enabling the main force to destroy several convoys carrying vital war materials to the front lines. On all occasions he attacked with great daring and drove off all hostile forces which threatened the main body, escaping with minimum damage to himself. In the final success of the operations, he was in large measure responsible for the decisiveness of the action which resulted in the sinking of fifteen F-lighters, one corvette, a tug, and the severe damaging of two destroyers. The exceptional bravery, aggressive leadership, and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant DuBose were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 8, 1917 at Hillsboro, Texas
Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas


DUBOSE, LAURANCE TOOMBS
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Laurance Toombs DuBose, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. PORTLAND (CA-33), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942. Captain DuBose succeeded in holding his ship to her assigned station, while a task force was being subjected to violent and sustained torpedo dive, and horizontal bombing attacks. Captain DuBose's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)

DUBOSE, LAURANCE TOOMBS
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Laurance Toombs DuBose, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. PORTLAND (CA-33), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Captain DuBose was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Captain DuBose contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)

DUBOSE, LAURANCE TOOMBS
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Laurance Toombs DuBose, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Task Force 30.3.1 during operations near Formosa in the Pacific War area from 14 to 17 October 1944. While in command of a specially constituted task group charged with a difficult mission, Rear Admiral DuBose's task group was attacked repeatedly by large numbers of Japanese aircraft. However, Rear Admiral DuBose fought his group so skillfully that practically all the attacking airplanes were destroyed. His unfaltering determination, courageous and intelligent leadership contributed materially to the accomplishment of this mission. The conduct of Rear Admiral DuBose throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 335 (February 1945)
Born: May 21, 1893 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DUCKETT, RICHARD BARUCH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Baruch Duckett, Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHTEEN (VB-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 26 October 1944. Flying through intense anti-aircraft fire to press home a vigorous dive-bombing attack, Lieutenant Duckett succeeded in scoring a direct hit on an enemy battleship. By his outstanding airmanship and courageous fighting spirit, he aided in removing a serious threat to our ground forces in the Philippines and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0533 (September 11, 1945)


*DUFF, CARROL WESLEY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Carrol Wesley Duff, Torpedoman's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. REID (DD-369), in action against the enemy on 11 December 1944, in the Mindanao Sea in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: August 8, 1919 at Anderson, Tennessee
Home Town: Burnside, Kentucky


DUFFEE, RAYMOND E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond E. Duffee, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to Company D, First Battalion, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, during the period 20 to 22 November 1943. When Marines attempted to reach the beach over the coral reef and were caught in intense enemy machine gun fire, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Duffee, with courageous disregard for his own personal safety, waded into the fire-swept water to assist wounded comrades to the cover of the seawall. Approximately fifteen times he exposed himself to bring to the beach men who were incapable of helping themselves. He twice ventured some seventy-five yards inland to administer first aid and change the dressings of an officer who could not be moved from the cover of a shell hole because of numerous snipers operating in that area. Later, in the dark of the night, he led stretcher bearers back to the wounded officer and evacuated him despite intense enemy fire. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Duffee undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: October 11, 1920 at Sacramento, California
Home Town: Sacramento, California


*DUFILHO, MARION WILLIAM (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Marion William Dufilho, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and as Section Leader of the Fifth Division, Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Upon sighting a hostile force of eleven dive bombers intent upon raiding our transports and other surface vessels, Lieutenant Dufilho, often pursuing his target through bursting shells of his own anti-aircraft fire, personally shot down two of the planes and damaged a third. By his cool courage and superb airmanship, he contributed materially to the success of our forces in a vigorous attack which destroyed a total of nine Japanese bombers and effectively disrupted the enemy's plans. The conduct of Lieutenant Dufilho throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Board Serial 28 (March 2, 1943
Born: May 22, 1916 at Opelousas, Louisiana
Home Town: Long Beach, California


DUNCAN, GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Chamberlain Duncan, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 11, 1917 at Tacoma, Washington
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington


DUNCAN, JACK HARLAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jack Harlan Duncan, Rear Admiral [then Captain], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. PHOENIX (CL-46), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet during the battle of Surigao Strait, Philippine Islands, from 24 to 25 October 1944. With the United States cruiser units deployed in a flanking maneuver as our destroyers initiated a series of deadly torpedo attacks against a formidable column of Japanese battleships, cruisers and destroyers advancing toward our forces, Rear Admiral Duncan skillfully maneuvered his vessel into striking position on the enemy's right flank and, directing his powerful gun batteries with precise timing in a sudden, smashing bombardment attack, aided in routing the Japanese and in sinking two Japanese battleships and three destroyers. Maintaining a high standard of fighting efficiency throughout the furious engagement, Rear Admiral Duncan had rendered invaluable assistance in destroying vital enemy surface units and in retiring from the action before effective return fire could be brought to bear against our Task Force. By his fearless leadership, brilliant professional ability and unwavering devotion to duty in actual combat against the enemy, he contributed substantially to the decisive defeat of a hostile force which had threatened interference with our occupation of Leyte. His courageous conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon Rear Admiral Duncan, his gallant ship's company and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 0630 (February 8, 1945)
Born: September 21, 1894 at Ozark, Missouri
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington


DUNCAN, ROBERT E LEE, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert E Lee Duncan, Jr., Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIXTEEN (VB-16), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in operations against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. Courageous and skillful in the face of enemy hostile anti-aircraft batteries, Lieutenant Duncan boldly pressed home a hazardous dive-bombing attack on a Japanese battleship and, accurately placing his bomb, scored a direct hit upon his target, despite its desperate evasive tactics. A superb and intrepid airman, he contributed directly to strenuous aerial operations during this critical period of the Pacific War. His courage, daring tactics and fearless devotion to duty were essential factors in the success of our forces and reflect the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0766 (October 30, 1944)
Born: November 13, 1920 at Garber, Oklahoma
Home Town: Winfield, Kansas
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals (WWII)


DUNCAN, ROBERT WAYNE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Wayne Duncan, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Division Leader in Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Truk on 16 February 1944. After escorting an attack of torpedo and dive bombers to the target and observing twenty enemy planes approaching to attack from out of the sun, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Duncan courageously led his division in a determined attack to destroy eight of the enemy planes, personally accounting for four. By his skilled airmanship, courage and gallant devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming fighter opposition, he contributed materially to the success of the attack and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marion, Illinois


DUNCAN, THERON MONROE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Theron Monroe Duncan, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving Gunner aboard the U.S.S. BOISE (CL-47), during action against enemy Japanese forces off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. When fires broke out in Gun Turrets ONE and TWO of the BOISE, intensifying the danger already threatening that vessel, Ensign Duncan, in the face of imminent explosions and possible asphyxiation, entered the smoke-filled chambers to help extinguish flames, break firing leads and open switches on loaded guns. His courageous devotion to duty, maintained with utter disregard for his own personal safety, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 17, 1905 at Buford, Georgia
Home Town: Long Beach, California


DUNGAN, FRED LEROY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Fred Leroy Dungan, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWO (VF-2), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in the vicinity of Bonin Island on 4 July 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dungan was attacked be several float fighter planes and though alone, he remained in contact until another carrier planed arrived. Through his courage and skill he was able to destroy four of the enemy planes. Though wounded in the left shoulder, he was able to make a successful carrier landing. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 27, 1921 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Pasadena, California


DUNKUM, HUGH HOLLADAY, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hugh Holladay Dunkum, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Division Leader in Bombing Squadron EIGHTY-SEVEN (VB-87), attached to the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Kure, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Leading his division in an attack on the Japanese heavy cruiser TONE in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire from the ship and shore batteries before, during and after the attack, Lieutenant Dunkum skillfully directed his group in the action which resulted in the beaching of this major enemy Fleet unit. In addition, he personally scored a damaging hit with a 1,000-pound bomb. His inspiring leadership and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01812 (September 15, 1945)


DUNLAP, ERNEST H., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ernest H. Dunlap, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. When Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dunlap found that his services in the foretop as Spotter on the U.S.S. NEVADA were not required, he joined the secondary battery, supervised the manning of guns and organization of ammunition supply, and maintained an accurate fire on low flying enemy aircraft until seriously wounded by the explosion of an enemy bomb. Despite his wounded condition, he assisted with the wounded until he himself collapsed. The conduct of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dunlap throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 17, 1915 at Birmingham, Alabama
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama


DUNN, JOHN CLIFFORD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Clifford Dunn, Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Bombing Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VBF-85), embarked from the U.S.S. SHANGRI-LA (CV-38), during a strike at enemy Japanese Naval Forces, near Kure Harbor, Honshu, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Displaying great daring and airmanship despite intense and extremely accurate anti-aircraft fire from enemy ship and shore installations, Lieutenant Dunn pressed home his attack and scored a direct hit with a 1,000-pound bomb on the enemy battleship, HARUNA. Lieutenant Dunn's courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 02067 (October 12, 1945)


DUPREE, THOMAS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas E. DuPree, Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIXTEEN (VB-16), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the First Battle of the Philippine Sea on 20 June 1944. Leading his section in a daring strike against two enemy carriers far from home base, Lieutenant Commander DuPree maneuvered for advantageous striking position and, carrying out his attack with outstanding skill in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and relentless aerial opposition, contributed materially to the sinking of one of the enemy carriers, the probable sinking of the second and to the destruction of two attacking hostile planes. Then, leading his section on the long and hazardous return flight to base, he succeeded in effecting a safe night landing on board the LEXINGTON> By his airmanship, courage and devotion to duty throughout this hazardous operation, Lieutenant Commander DuPree upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Fast Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0362 (July 8, 1944)
Born: November 24, 1919 at Stone Mount, Georgia
Home Town: Gordon, Georgia


DURAND, ROBERT FRANK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Frank Durand, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman on board the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. WESSON (DE-184), in action against enemy Japanese forces north of Le Shima on 7 April 1945. Suffering a severe leg wound as the result of the crash of a hostile suicide plane on his ship, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Durand applied a tourniquet to his injured leg and, despite his great pain, courageously dragged himself about the vessel to care for his wounded shipmates. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Durand undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


DURETTE, ROBERT WALLACE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Wallace Durette, Watertender Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. STAFFORD (DE-411), in action against the enemy on 5 January 1945, in the Pacific War Area. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: February 20, 1921 at Cervais, Oregon
Home Town: Aurona, Oregon


DURIAN, ROBERT FERGUSON
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Ferguson Durian, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against the enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. Participating in a vigorous strike against major units of the Japanese Fleet, including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Durian gallantly plunged through the enemy's heavy barrage of extremely intense anti-aircraft fire and expertly maneuvered his plane to release his torpedo at close range upon an aircraft carrier, contributing materially to its ultimate sinking. By his brilliant airmanship, indomitable courage and daring tactics, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Durian rendered invaluable service in the infliction of extensive damage upon the Japanese forces during this Battle. His dauntless fighting spirit and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0765 (October 30, 1944)

DURIAN, ROBERT FERGUSON
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Robert Ferguson Durian, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Manila Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 5 November 1944. Participating in a bold aerial strike against a heavy Japanese cruiser of the NACHI Class, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Durian pressed home a determined attack to an extremely close range and, despite intense anti-aircraft fire, scored a direct hit on the hostile ship. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0550 (December 21, 1944)
Born: June 5, 1920 at Fort Dodge, Iowa
Home Town: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DURIO, JACK NUMA
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jack Numa Durio, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Division Leader in Bombing Squadron NINE (VB-9), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the East China Sea, on 7 April 1945. Undaunted by intense anti-aircraft fire and a low cloud cover which obscured the target, Lieutenant Durio led his four-plane division in a low-altitude glide-bombing attack against units of the enemy Fleet including a battleship, a cruiser and screening destroyers, personally scored a direct hit on the starboard quarter of the cruiser and contributed to its sinking. By his leadership and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Durio upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0509 (June 29, 1945)


DURKIN, THOMAS CHARLES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Charles Durkin, Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Flight Leader in Torpedo Squadron SEVENTEEN (VT-17), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the East China Sea, on 7 April 1945. Deploying his planes for a coordinated strike against an enemy Task Force consisting of a battleship, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant Commander Durkin attacked the hostile battleship in the face of extremely intense anti-aircraft fire which severely damaged his own plane, and, scoring a direct hit with his torpedo, contributed materially to the sinking of the Japanese warship. His skilled airmanship, courage and devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0526 (May 4, 1945)


DURNA, GORDON ALBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gordon Albert Durna, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Division Leader in Bombing Squadron EIGHTY-SEVEN (VB-87), attached to the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Kure, Japan, on 24 July 1945. Leading his division in an attack on the enemy battleship-aircraft carrier HYUGA in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire from the ship and shore batteries which began upon the approach to the target and continued throughout the attack and retirement, Lieutenant Durna directed his group during the action which resulted in the sinking of this major unit of the Japanese Fleet. In addition, he personally scored a damaging direct hit with a 1,000-pound bomb. His inspiring leadership and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01812 (September 15, 1945)


DUSCH, ROBERT A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert A. Dusch, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), in the action against Japanese naval forces in the Solomon Islands area on 12 and 13 November 1942. In addition to reorganizing damage control and fire fighting parties, ensign Dusch, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, rendered tireless and invaluable aid in behalf of personnel casualties. His gallant initiative, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 26, 1907 at Fairmont, West Virginia
Home Town: Alliance, Ohio


DUTEMPLE, LYNN FRANCIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lynn Francis DuTemple, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet in Kure Harbor, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Flying through intense, accurate anti-aircraft fire from numerous enemy warships and strategically-located shore batteries, Lieutenant DuTemple pressed home a determined bombing attack on a heavy cruiser and scored a direct hit causing serious damage to the enemy warship. Lieutenant DuTemple's gallant fighting spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 01680 (September 1, 1945)


DWYER, CARL R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl R. Dwyer, Commander [the Lieutenant Commander], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PUFFER (SS-268), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 16 December 1944 to 17 January 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the Central Nansei Shoto Area. Launching well-planned torpedo attacks against enemy convoys and independent units despite bombings from hostile aircraft and surface escorts, Commander Dwyer contributed materially to the success of his ship in sinking four enemy vessels totaling 18,900 tons and in damaging three additional ships in excess of 9,000 tons. Applying evasive tactics in the face of intense enemy anti-submarine measures, he brought his ship safe to port. By his inspiring leadership, courage and devotion to duty, Commander Dwyer upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet: Serial 02656 (March 30, 1945)
Born: June 9, 1915 at Edgerton, Kansas
Home Town: Ponca City, Oklahoma


DYE, BILLY HUBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Billy Hubert Dye, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWENTY-ONE (VT-21), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Braving intense antiaircraft fire to press home an attack against units of the enemy fleet, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dye skillfully maneuvered his plane into an advantageous position to score three direct and damaging hits upon a hostile aircraft carrier. By his outstanding ability as an airman, courage and devotion to duty, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dye contributed to the infliction of costly damage upon the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 9, 1919 at Mulvane, Kansas
Home Town: Lincoln, Nebraska


DYE, EUGENE P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eugene P. Dye, Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Bombing Squadron ONE (VFB-1), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet at the Kure Naval Base, Japan, on 28 July 1945. In the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire from numerous hostile warships and from many strategically located shore installations, Lieutenant Dye courageously led his section through adverse weather in a dive-bombing attack against a large carrier. Pressing home to low altitude, he scored a direct hit on the hostile vessel while other planes in his section obtained a second hit and a near miss, inflicting serous damage. By his airmanship and gallant fighting spirit, Lieutenant Dye contributed materially to the success of an epic strike in which all capital ships of the Japanese Fleet near Kure were either sunk or damaged. His devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Division Task Force: Serial 02019 (October 8, 1945)


DYKERS, THOMAS M.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas M. Dykers, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. JACK (SS-259), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 5 June 1943 to 19 July 1943, in enemy controlled waters off the coast of Honshu, Japan. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Dykers brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

DYKERS, THOMAS M.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Thomas M. Dykers, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. JACK (SS-259), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 16 January 1944 to 13 March 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Southwest Pacific. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Dykers brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 3, 1905 at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: Groton, Connecticut
Personal Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)


DYSON, HOWELL JESSE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Howell Jesse Dyson, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Executive Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. BUNKER HILL in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa on 11 May 1945. Receiving serious wounds when his ship was struck twice during determined enemy air attacks, Commander Dyson organized and led fire fighting parties in combating a raging fire on board and continued his efforts until he collapsed from his wounds. His determination, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 14, 1903 at Pineville, Louisiana
Home Town: Pineville, Louisiana

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