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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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TACKNEY, STEPHEN N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Stephen N. Tackney, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer-Mine Layer U.S.S. GAMBLE (DM-15), while escorting supply ships supplying newly seized bases in the Solomon Islands Area on 29 August 1942. Lieutenant Commander Tackney skillfully located a Japanese submarine in the vicinity. He made persistent and determined attacks on her for four hours until oil and wreckage convinced him the submarine had been destroyed. 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) & No 317 (August 1943)
Born: January 14, 1906 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Colorado, California

TACY, RICHARD FINLAY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Finlay Tacy, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SEVENTY-SIX (VC-76), embarked from the U.S.S. PETROF BAY (CVE-80), and deployed over Samar in the Philippine, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 24, 1919 at Lawrence, Massachusetts
Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee

TAHLER, GRAHAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Graham Tahler, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in action on 28 July 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. Lieutenant Tahler's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TALBOT, FREDERICK COLE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick Cole Talbot, 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 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, Talbot participated in a bombing attack on an enemy ship. Fearlessly maneuvering through withering hostile fire of all calibers, he pressed home his attack. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Talbot's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 19, 1920 at Portland, Maine
Home Town: Weston, Massachusetts

TALBOT, PAUL H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul H. Talbot, Commander, U.S. Navy, for especially meritorious conduct, extreme courage and complete disregard for his own personal safety while serving as Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIFTY-NINE, in action on the night of 24 -25 January 1942, in delivering a successful attack upon enemy Japanese forces off Balikpapan, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies. When directed to engage a reportedly superior enemy force under cover of darkness, Commander Talbot, by a well-planned and skillfully executed approach, succeeded in leading the force under his command to a favorable position within a large group of enemy vessels. His vessels delivered a daring and persistent attack upon the enemy, resulting in the sinking of five or six ships and the severe damage of others. After it was no longer advisable to continue the attack, Commander Talbot successfully withdrew his forces without loss. The conduct of Commander Talbot 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. 304 (July 1942)
Born: April 3, 1897 at Willoughby, Ohio
Home Town: Willoughby, Ohio

TALKINGTON, HARLEY EUGENE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harley Eugene Talkington, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman, 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 TWO (VT-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Air Battle of the Coral Sea. In spite of heavy antiaircraft fire and strong fighter opposition, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Talkington pressed home an attack against an enemy aircraft carrier to within the dangerously short range of a few hundred yards of the target. He was able to score a hit on the enemy ship by utter disregard for his own safety and determination in carrying out his mission. Contributing to the destruction of the enemy carrier and to the success of our forces in the Coral Sea Battle, he conducted himself on this occasion in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 308 (November 1942)
Born: August 19, 1909 at Whitehall, Illinois
Home Town: Whitehall, Illinois

TALLMAN, HUMPHREY LEWIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Humphrey Lewis Tallman, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane, embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), in action on 26 October 1942, while deployed over Santa Cruz Island in the Solomons. 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: January 11, 1920 at New Bedford, Massachusetts
Home Town: Potomac Beach, Virginia

TARWATER, JOHN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John E. Tarwater, 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 NINE (VT-9), embarked from the U.S.S. SHAMROCK BAY (CVE-84), in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over Kyushu, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TATE, BENJAMIN COLONNA
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Benjamin Colonna Tate, 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-FOUR (VT-24), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action against major units of the Japanese fleet west of the Marianas Islands during the first Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Tate's expert airmanship, daring combat tactics and unswerving devotion to duty were important factors in the inflicting of heavy damage on the enemy during this historic engagement, and his gallant fortitude throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service.
Born: March 30, 1920 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Pulaski, Virginia

TATRO, WILFRED BENJAMIN, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilfred Benjamin Tatro, Jr., Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while Commanding Motor Torpedo Boat FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE (PT-489), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the rescue of a Navy Fighter Pilot shot down in Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island. On the afternoon of 16 September 1944, after attempts at rescue by airplane had been turned back by hostile anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander Tatro requested permission to take part in a rescue by surface craft. Although the Torpedo Boats were twice driven back by intense fire from numerous coastal defense guns lining an 11-mile strait at the entrance of the passage, Lieutenant Tatro finally succeeded in guiding his boat through the narrow approaches to the bay, braving intense concentrations of Japanese fire for two-and-one-half hours until the stranded airman was rescued on the third attempt. The exceptional bravery, aggressive leadership, and outstanding devotion to duty during this perilous operation displayed by Lieutenant Commander Tatro were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*TAURMAN, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Taurman, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession, in action against the enemy on 24 August 1942, during the battle of the Eastern Solomons. 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: February 10, 1916 at Cincinnati, Ohio
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio

TAUSSIG, JOSEPH K., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph K. Taussig, Jr., 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. As senior officer present in the anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. NEVADA, although seriously wounded, Ensign Taussig refused to leave his battle station and insisted on continuing the control of his battery's fire until he was forcefully taken from his station and lowered in a stretcher, other means of descent being blocked by fire. The conduct of Ensign Taussig throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 28, 1920 at Newport, Rhode Island
Home Town: Jamestown, Rhode Island

TAYLOR, ARTHUR H.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur H. Taylor, 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. HADDOCK (SS-231), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea during the period 28 July 1942 to 19 September 1942. Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander Burlingame took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking 21,136 tons of enemy Japanese shipping without casualty to personnel of his own command. Lieutenant Commander Burlingame's conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: March 18, 1905 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TAYLOR, ARTHUR H.
(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 H. Taylor, 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. HADDOCK (SS-231), during the SECOND War Patrol of that vessel in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea during the period 11 October 1942 to 149 December 1942. Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander Burlingame took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking 24,052 tons of enemy Japanese shipping and severely damaging an additional 27,500 tons. He brought his ship through without casualty to personnel of his own command. Lieutenant Commander Burlingame's conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Born: March 18, 1905 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TAYLOR, CHARLES WYMOND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Wymond Taylor, Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. CABOT (CVL-28), in action against the enemy on 25 November 1944, in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: June 19, 1922 at Coronado, California
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii

TAYLOR, DONALD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald C. Taylor, Ensign [then Gunner], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as Gunner and Control Officer on board the Minesweeper U.S.S. QUAIL (AM-15), after that vessel was ordered scuttled in the Philippine Islands on 6 May 1942. After it became apparent that the fall of Corregidor was imminent, Ensign Taylor volunteered with others to assist their commanding officer in performing this task, left the shelter of Fort Hughes and raced through exposed areas of the Fort Hughes dock while that place was under heavy artillery barrage. Upon their arrival at the dock they found their ship's small boat sunk and, accordingly, had to swim 200 yards to another boat anchored at the dock. While in the water Ensign Taylor and his men swam through Japanese artillery fire and numerous airplane strafing attacks, but reached the small boat nevertheless. He then assumed charge as boat officer and proceeded with his party to the QUAIL, continuing to dodge artillery and airplane machine gun fire en route, until the minesweeper was reached and scuttled. By his great effort, Ensign Taylor materially assisted in accomplishing this difficult and dangerous task. His conduct throughout 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. 306 (September 1942)
Born: June 19, 1914 at Ryegate, Montana
Home Town: Bloomington, California

TAYLOR, EDMUND B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Edmund B. Taylor, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DUNCAN (DD-485), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. Although his ship had sustained heavy damage under hostile bombardment, Lieutenant Commander Taylor, by skillful maneuvering, successfully launched torpedoes which contributed to the destruction of a Japanese cruiser. Maintaining the guns of the DUNCAN in effective fire throughout the battle, he, when the vessel was finally put out of action, persistently employed to the fullest extent all possible measures to extinguish raging fires and control severe damage. His gallant leadership and courageous conduct under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Born: April 4, 1904 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Wardour, Maryland

TAYLOR, HERBERT W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Herbert W. Taylor, Jr., Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. COWPENS (CVL-25, in action against the enemy from 29 August 1944 through 30 October 1944, in the Pacific War Area. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

TAYLOR, JACK HEDRICK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jack Hedrick Taylor, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against the enemy from 1943 through 1945. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

TAYLOR, JOHN B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John B. Taylor, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BENHAM (DD-379), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 14 - 15 November 1942. Commander Taylor inflicted severe damage on superior forces before his own ship was struck by torpedoes. With his ship badly buckled by the terrific force of explosions and the bow completely gone, he fought grimly to keep her afloat until heavy weather forced him to abandon her. Then Commander Taylor managed to save every man aboard. 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: September 19, 1905 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Churchville, Pennsylvania

TAYLOR, JOSEPH
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Taylor, 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 FIVE (VT-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces over New Guinea, on 10 March 1942. Commander Taylor and his squadron destroyed aircraft on deck of an enemy aircraft carrier, and disabled that vessel. 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 23, 1906 at Westville, Illinois
Home Town: Danville, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TAYLOR, JOSEPH
(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 Joseph Taylor, Commander, 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. Commander Taylor'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: July 23, 1906 at Westville, Illinois
Home Town: Danville, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TAYLOR, JOSEPH
(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 Joseph Taylor, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Executive Officer of 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 his ship was hit and severely damaged by enemy air attacks and rocked by violent explosions of her own ordnance, Commander Taylor supervised and directed the efforts to save the ship, controlling raging fires, flooding magazines and personally leading and participating in the jettisoning of heated live 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. With utmost disregard for his personal safety, he visited all sections of the badly damaged ship, leading, inspiring the crew in the gallant and successful effort to salvage the drifting and erupting carrier. In the face of further enemy attacks and explosions of the carrier's own arms he took charge of the towing operations which resulted in getting his ship underway. His cool, calm determination and outstanding leadership were an inspiration to all officers and men, and contributed greatly to the ultimate saving of the ship. The conduct of Commander Taylor throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 23, 1906 at Westville, Illinois
Home Town: Danville, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TAYLOR, KEITH E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Keith E. Taylor, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIVE (VB-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 Taylor'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. 311 (February 1943)
Born: March 10, 1913 at West Alexandria, Ohio
Home Town: Richmond, Indiana

TAYLOR, THERON JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Theron Jack Taylor, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), while participating in aerial combat against the Japanese Fleet in the Marianas Islands, during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. By his airmanship and cool courage in the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Taylor contributed materially to the infliction of extensive and costly damage on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive engagement and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 20, 1921 at Lewistown, Montana
Home Town: Cheyenne, Wyoming

TAYLOR, THOMAS H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas H. Taylor, 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. Having assumed control of the port anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. NEVADA, Ensign Taylor continued to direct efficiently that battery throughout the attack, although wounded by shell fragments, burned and deafened due to broken eardrums. His presence of mind in playing a hose on the ready ammunition boxes that were becoming very hot, due to the proximity of fires, prevented casualties and heavy damage to the battery. The conduct of Ensign Taylor throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 30, 1915 at Lima, Ohio
Home Town: Lima, Ohio

TEAFF, PERRY LOVE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Perry Love Teaff, Ensign, 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. In order to search for and attack the enemy, Ensign Teaff unhesitatingly took off from the Naval Air Station, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, in a plane which had already been damaged by enemy fire, and continued with a defective engine at a time when no chance for rescue existed. Ensign Teaff'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.
Born: April 20, 1916 at Weleetka, Oklahoma
Home Town: Springfield, Missouri

*TEATS, GRANT W. (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Grant W. Teats (0-098722), Ensign, 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 EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Teats resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: July 15, 1917 at Sheridan, Oregon
Home Town: Sheridan, Oregon

TEETER, HERMAN JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Herman Joseph Teeter, Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as Senior Petty Officer aboard a Landing Craft which struck a mine and subsequently sank during the amphibious assault on the Normandy Coast of France on 6 June 1944. As a result of the explosion, Seaman First Class Teeter was thrown clear of the ship. After landing in the water he swam back to the ship, climbed aboard, cut off the float nets, and directed the abandonment of the craft, all of the officers aboard having been thrown clear or being so sorely wounded as to be incapable of commanding the crew. Under his supervision, members of the crew took off various shipmates who had been wounded and aided the wounded men in the water clinging to the nets and rafts until help arrived. The conduct of Seaman First Class Teeter throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 2, 1926 at Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Conemaugh, Pennsylvania

TEETER, PHILIP H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Philip H. Teeter, 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. SMITH (DD-378), in action against the enemy during the operations of the U.S. Naval Forces north of the Santa Cruz, Islands, on 26 October 1942. When a flaming Japanese plane crashed on the forecastle of his ship, its torpedo exploding, Lieutenant Teeter gallantly led a fire party to the scene, and despite fierce aerial attacks, finally succeeded in extinguishing it, thereby enabling his ship to maintain her position in a carrier's screen. The conduct of Lieutenant McDaniel 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. 317 (August 1943)
Born: May 31, 1919 at Corvallis, Oregon
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota

TEGGE, MELVIN LEE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Melvin Lee Tegge, 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 ELEVEN (VT-11), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. 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 30, 1919 at Granger, Texas
Home Town: Schwertner, Texas

*TENNENT, JOHN GARDNER, III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Gardner Tennent, III, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. SOUTHARD (DD-207), in action against the enemy on 10 November 1942, at San Christobal Island. 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: December 10, 1901 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Brookwood Garrison, Maryland

*TENNEY, VET EUGENE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Vet Eugene Tenney, Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against the enemy on 30 October 1944, in the Pacific War Area. 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: October 4, 1920 at Buckhannon, West Virginia
Home Town: Buckhannon, West Virginia

TENNIS, LYLE S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lyle S. Tennis, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. LSM(R) ONE HUNDRED NINETY (LSM(R)-190), a close-in fire support ship, in action against the enemy on 4 May 1945, off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: September 18, 1923 at Unity, Wisconsin

TERNASKY, EUGENE F., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eugene F. Ternasky, Jr., , 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 SIXTEEN (VT-16), embarked from the U.S.S. RANDOLPH (CV-15), in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TESTOLIN, GASPAR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gaspar Testolin, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 19 March 1945, while deployed in the Pacific Theater. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

THACH, JOHN SMITH
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Smith Thach, Lieutenant 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 THREE (VF3), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy forces in the Pacific War Area when his ship was attacked by eighteen Japanese bombing planes on 20 February 1942. Lieutenant Commander Thatch intercepted an enemy four-engine bomber, determinedly pursued it through clouds and heavy rain, and assisted in shooting it down despite heavy machine gun and cannon fire. Later that day, he intercepted and shot down another aircraft during an attack directed at his carrier by nine enemy bombers and aided in shooting down another. Lieutenant Commander Thatch's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 19, 1905 at Fordyce, Arkansas
Home Town: Fordyce, Arkansas
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

THACH, JOHN SMITH
(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 John Smith Thach, Lieutenant 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 THREE (VF-3), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. The outstanding courage and determined skill displayed by Lieutenant Commander Thatch were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 19, 1905 at Fordyce, Arkansas
Home Town: Fordyce, Arkansas
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

THATCHER, ALBERT CURTIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Albert Curtis Thatcher, Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. Wounded in the severe enemy bombing and strafing attack on the naval air station, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class Thatcher continued to assist Ensign D. Arnold Singleton, USNR, in securing fuel lines at the station and helping free the tanker, U.S.S. NEOSHO that was fueling the station. The conduct of Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Thatcher throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 26, 1920 at Chama, New Mexico
Home Town: Alamosa, California

THAYER, WILLIAM RUDOLPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Rudolph Thayer, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. JARVIS (DD-393), in sinking an enemy submarine on 28 January 1942. The conduct of Commander Thayer throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 28, 1900 at Colorado Springs, Colorado
Home Town: New Canaan, Connecticut

THEISS, PAUL SEYMOUR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul Seymour Theiss, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Acting Commander of a Transport Division, in action against the enemy on 7 August 1942, at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: October 6, 1890 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Indiana, Pennsylvania

THEOBALD, ROBERT A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert A. Theobald, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Executive Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Smith (DD-378), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942. When a flaming Japanese plane crashed on the forecastle of his ship, its torpedo exploding, Lieutenant Commander Theobald gallantly led a fire party to the scene despite fierce aerial attacks, finally extinguished the blaze, thereby enabling his ship to maintain her station in a carrier's screen. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Theobald 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. 317 (August 1943)
Born: September 17, 1910 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Home Town: Scarsdale, New York

THIES, WILLIAM N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William N. Thies, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), 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, during the period 1 through 15 June 1942. Lieutenant Thies made daring, repeated dive-bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese ships and four-motored patrol planes, constantly seeking out and engaging the enemy, despite the hazards of severe weather conditions and fire from antiaircraft and shore batteries, thereby inspiring other members of his squadron to supreme efforts. He participated in all-night patrols and bombing attacks on enemy Japanese ships in Kiska harbor and succeeded in scoring a hit on an enemy transport, all the while defying continuous and heavy antiaircraft fire. Lieutenant Thies' 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. 314 (May 1943)
Born: February 4, 1917 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

THOMAS, FRANCIS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis J. Thomas, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for distinguished service in the line of his profession when, as senior surviving officer aboard, he took command of 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, and despite severe enemy bombing and strafing at the time, handled it in an outstanding manner. Although the U.S.S. NEVADA had been torpedoed and bombed, he displayed excellent judgment in promptly getting the U.S.S. NEVADA underway and moving her from the proximity of the U.S.S. ARIZONA which was surrounded by burning oil and was afire from stem to stern. Furthermore, when the entire forward part of his ship was afire and it appeared that she might sink, as a result of further bombing, he ran her aground in order to save her. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Thomas throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 16, 1904 at Buffalo, New York
Home Town: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

*THOMAS, HAROLD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Harold C. Thomas, Chief Carpenter, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving 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. 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: May 7, 1907 at Cleo, Oklahoma
Home Town: San Diego, California

THOMAS, HARRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry C. Thomas, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, while participating in aerial combat against the Japanese Fleet in the Marianas Islands, during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. By his airmanship and cool courage in the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Thomas contributed materially to the infliction of extensive and costly damage on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive engagement and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 18, 1915 at Newark, New Jersey
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana

THOMAS, JAMES ALFRED
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Alfred Thomas, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Bomber and Commanding Officer of Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against the enemy from 11 to 13 November 1942. Lieutenant Commander Thomas' outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 1, 1909 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio

THOMAS, JERROLD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jerrold E. Thomas, Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Escort Carrier U.S.S. SANTEE (CVE-29), in action against the enemy on 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: October 2, 1922 at Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Home Town: Canadian, Texas

*THOMAS, JOHN ALFRED
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Alfred Thomas, Lieutenant, 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 TEN (VS-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area during the period 13 to 15 November 1942. Lieutenant Thomas lead his bombing squadron against heavy Japanese cruiser and transport forces, launching numerous daring attacks against the enemy and obtaining 12 heavy bomb hits on enemy vessels. By his courageous leadership, exceptional skill and indomitable fighting spirit, Lieutenant Thomas contributed immeasurably to the success of his squadron in the overwhelming defeat of the enemy in this engagement. 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. 316 (July 1943)
Born: August 1, 1909 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee

*THOMAS, LLOYD (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lloyd Thomas (0-081617), 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 of Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Participating in a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Thomas pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct 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. 309 (December 1942)
Born: March 10, 1912 at Nelsonville, Ohio
Home Town: Coronado, California

THOMAS, RALPH W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ralph W. Thomas, Pharmacist Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to a Rifle Company of the FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 9 March 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Thomas undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

THOMAS, ROBERT E., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert E. Thomas, Jr., 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. Despite heavy enemy bombing, strafing and torpedo attacks Ensign Thomas, battery officer on the 5" anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. NEVADA, although seriously wounded and handicapped by heavy casualties to the personnel of the battery maintained a highly effective fire from his battery. The conduct of Ensign Thomas throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 6, 1919 at Springfield, Illinois
Home Town: Rockford, Illinois

THOMAS, ROBERT FRANCIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Francis Thomas, 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-ONE (VF-21), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action on 15 and 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. 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: November 16, 1921 at New York, New York
Home Town: Staten Island, New York

THOMAS, THOMAS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas C. Thomas, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 18 July 1945, while deployed over Yokosuka, Japan. 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 6, 1918 at Gresham, Nebraska

THOMAS, WILLIAM DOW
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Dow Thomas, Commander [then Commander], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of Destroyer and Destroyer Escorts screening an Escort Carrier Task Unit, during action against major units of the enemy Japanese Fleet, in the Battle off Samar Island, Philippine Islands, on 25 October 1944. When a formidable column of Japanese battleships, cruisers and destroyers attacked our small Task Unit of Escort Carriers, Captain Thomas closed on the hostile disposition, deploying his small force between the enemy and the lightly armed and armored carriers and brought his light caliber guns to bear upon the rapidly advancing hostile Fleet units. By a skillfully organized torpedo attack, launched at short range, he succeeded in delivering a series of crippling blows, despite continuous fire from heavy caliber enemy guns, and contributed materially to the victorious conclusion of this historic battle. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 4, 1904 at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

*THOMAS, WILLIAM GARFIELD, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William Garfield Thomas, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Number 1 Turret Officer 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. 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: September 13, 1916 at Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Colser, Pennsylvania

*THOMAS, WILLIS M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Willis M. Thomas, 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. POMPANO (SS-181), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy controlled waters near the Japanese home islands during the period 19 July 1942 to 12 September 1942. Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander Thomas took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking a destroyer, a 900-ton patrol vessel, and 6,900 tons of merchant shipping without casualty to personnel of his own command. Lieutenant Commander Thomas's conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: September 26, 1907 at Richmond, California
Home Town: Fresno, California

THOMASON, J. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to J. W. Thomason, Ship's Cook First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving on board 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. On 1 April 1944, during that war patrol, Ship's Cook First Class Thomason served as a member of a volunteer rescue team dispatched from HARDER to an enemy held island to rescue a naval aviator whose plane had been shot down. Although fully aware that unforeseen circumstance might result in the forced abandonment of the entire party, Ship's Cook First Class Thomason courageously fought his way through the breakers and a coral reef despite dangerous hostile sniper fire and locating the exhausted aviator, succeeded in bringing him back to Harder. His conduct 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. 332 (November 1944)
Born: September 19, 1904 at Fort Worth, Texas
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

THOMPSON, LEE ROY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lee Roy Thompson, 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-Bombing Squadron TEN (VFB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over the East China Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*THOMPSON, PARLEY DALE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Parley Dale Thompson, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Executive Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DREXLER (DD-741), in action on 28 May 1945, at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Thompson's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

*THOMPSON, THOROLF ERLING (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Thorolf Erling Thompson (0-263677), 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 over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 24 October 1944. In the face of shattering antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Thompson dove to perilously low altitude and pressed home his attack, scoring a direct hit on a battleship of the Yamato class. By his superb airmanship, indomitable fighting spirit and gallant fortitude in the face of extremely adverse weather and savage, unceasing opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Thompson contributed materially to the success of our forces in this decisive engagement. 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. 345 (December 1945)
Born: June 18, 1921 at Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Home Town: Ames, Iowa

THOMPSON, WILLIAM CALHOUN, JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Calhoun Thompson, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CABRILLA (SS-288), on the FIFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 3 July 1944 to 15 August 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Sulu Sea. Commander Thompson relentlessly sought out the enemy during a prolonged period of hazardous undersea operations. In two well-conceived attacks he completely destroyed a convoy which was screened by an escort, including patrol craft and a plane patrol. He took advantage of every favorable attack opportunity and, fighting his ship with determined and aggressiveness, succeeded in sinking and damaging an important amount of vital hostile shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Thompson 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. 336 (March 1945)
Born: June 26, 1913 at Dublin, Georgia
Home Town: Dublin, Georgia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

THOMPSON, WILLIAM CALHOUN, JR.
(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 William Calhoun Thompson, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CABRILLA (SS-288), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 13 September 1944 to 25 October 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the South China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Thompson 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. 340 (July 1945)
Born: June 26, 1913 at Dublin, Georgia
Home Town: Dublin, Georgia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

*THOMSEN, ROBERT CLARENCE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Clarence Thomsen, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as a Navigator on board the Destroyer U.S.S. LAFFEY (DD-459), in action against the enemy on 16 April 1945, off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Ensign Thomsen's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

THOMSON, CHARLES EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Edward Thomson, 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 SEVEN (VB-7), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sulu Sea in the Philippine Islands, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 26 October 1944. as Pilot of a carrier- based Bombing Plane, Ensign Thomson scored a destructive hit on a heavy cruiser of the Japanese Fleet in the Sulu Sea, which contributed to its probable sinking. In the face of a severe barrage of anti-aircraft fire and the fast maneuvering of the target, he displayed outstanding skill and conspicuous unwavering courage in driving home his attack. Ensign Thomson's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 3, 1921 at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri

*THORNHILL, LEONARD WILSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Leonard Wilson Thornhill, 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 TWO (VT-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 May 1942. 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 17, 1915 at Lamison, Alabama
Home Town: Selma, Alabama

THORNTON, SAMUEL THEODORE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Samuel Theodore Thornton, 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 SIX (VB-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in the attack on major units of the Japanese fleet in Kure Harbor, Japan, consisting of battleships, carriers and heavy cruisers, 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.

THURMON, NORMAN EDWIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Norman Edwin Thurmon, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Thurmon's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 2, 1920 at Chamois, Missouri
Home Town: Kingsville, Texas

TIEDEMAN, CARL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl Tiedeman, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GUAVINA (SS-326), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 6 April 1944 to 28 May 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Tiedeman 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: May 16, 1911 at Sioux City, Iowa
Home Town: Sioux City, Iowa

TIMBERLAKE, LEWIS RUMPH, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lewis Rumph Timberlake, 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 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 25 October 1944. In the face of heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Timberlake participated in a vigorous and determined glide-bombing attack on enemy ships, scoring a torpedo hit from close range on an enemy carrier, contributing materially 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, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Timberlake 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: December 2, 1922 at Florence, Alabama
Home Town: Florence, Alabama

TIMMERMAN, ROBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert M. Timmerman, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 28 July 1945, while deployed over the Inland Sea of Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TIMMS, WILLIAM WALTER, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Walter Timms, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TISDALE, MAHLON STREET
(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 Mahlon Street Tisdale, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Task Force WILLIAM (TF-57), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. Succeeding to command of the task force, Rear Admiral Tisdale continued gun action until all enemy ships within range were destroyed and later conducted a bold search for enemy vessels along probable routes of retreat. Rear Admiral Tisdale'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. 318 (September 1943)
Born: December 6, 1890 at Wenona, Illinois
Home Town: Wenona, Illinois
Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Navy Cross (WWII)

TOBIN, ROBERT G.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert G. Tobin, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWELVE, during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. Captain Tobin maintained an effective screen with his destroyer division for cruisers and transports, and extricated his own ships after inflicting severe damage on Japanese forces. Captain Tobin'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. 326 (May 1944)
Born: August 17, 1894 at Ronceverte, West Virginia
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TOBIN, ROBERT G.
(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 G. Tobin, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWELVE, during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion Captain Tobin's Destroyer Division 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 Tobin 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. 326 (May 1944)
Born: August 17, 1894 at Ronceverte, West Virginia
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TOBIN, ROBERT G.
(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 Robert G. Tobin, 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. MONTPELIER (CL-57), during the initial bombardment of Shortland-Faisi-Ballale from 30 October 1943 to 2 November 1943. Later, during an engagement with Japanese naval forces at Empress Augusta Bay, off Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on the night of 1 - 2 November 1943, with his Task Force engaging a Japanese surface force of superior fire power, Commander Tobin sought out and engaged six Japanese warships, pressing home vigorous and unrelenting attacks. He hurled the full fighting strength of his ship against the enemy and, by his inspiring leadership and skilled combat tactics, evoked the indomitable fighting spirit which enabled his officers and men to contribute materially to the sinking of four ships and the serious damaging of two others, thereby aiding in the establishment of our beachhead on Bougainville Island. Captain Tobin'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. 326 (May 1944)
Born: August 17, 1894 at Ronceverte, West Virginia
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

*TOLLBERG, MAYNARD WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Maynard William Tollberg, Watertender Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. LaVALLETTE (DD-448), in action against enemy Japanese forces near Rennell Island, Solomon Islands, on 29 and 30 January, 1943. 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: February 17, 1904 at North Branch, Minnesota
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

*TOLMAN, CHARLES E. (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Charles E. Tolman, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DeHAVEN (DD-469), during operations in the Solomon Islands in January and February 1943. Commander Tolman operated his ship as group leader during the bombardment of enemy-held plantations on New Georgia Island and was directly responsible for demolition of important buildings and large fires and explosions in adjacent munitions dumps. On 1 February 1943, when eight Japanese dive bombers viciously attacked his ship and dropped a bomb on the navigating bridge, Commander Tolman courageously carried on until two internal explosions destroyed the DeHAVEN. 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.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: June 25, 1903 at Concord, Massachusetts
Home Town: Concord, Massachusetts

TOMLINSON, WILLIAM G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William G. Tomlinson, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in the Pacific War Area. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

TOOTLE, MILTON, IV
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Milton Tootle, IV, 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), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. While engaged in an assault against Japanese aerial forces about to attack his aircraft carrier, Ensign Tootle pursued a Torpedo Plane so relentlessly that he came under a fierce barrage of antiaircraft fire from his own ship. Although the resultant damage to his plane caused the cockpit to become filled with smoke, he nevertheless pressed home the attack until his gunfire struck down the Torpedo Plane and sent it exploding into the sea. Despite the terrific hazard of flying his battered and smoking craft, he continued to carry on with grim determination and magnificent fortitude until ordered to crash-land in the water. As a last resort he was required to bail out and a short time afterward was picked up by a friendly destroyer. The outstanding courage and determined skill displayed by Ensign Tootle 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. 311 (February 1943)
Born: January 8, 1920 at St. Joseph, Missouri
Home Town: St. Joseph, Missouri

*TORREY, PHILIP H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Philip H. Torrey, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane and Commander of Air Group NINE (AG-9), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action on 16 and 17 February 1944, while deployed over Truk in the Caroline Islands. 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: April 25, 1913 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Long Beach, California

TOWNSEND, EUGENE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eugene P. Townsend, 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 TWENTY-SEVEN (VF-27), embarked from the U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), in action on 24 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. 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 5, 1920 at Gamble, Alabama
Home Town: Saragossa, Alabama

TRACEY, FREDERICK WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick William Tracey, 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), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against the enemy from 24 through 26 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TRAXLER, ARNOLD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arnold C. Traxler, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in action on 19 March 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TRAYNOR, LAURENCE G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Laurence G. Traynor, Ensign, 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. Ensign Traynor'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: August 23, 1917 at Brighton, New York
Home Town: New York, New York

TRIEBEL, CHARLES OTTO
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Otto Triebel, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SNOOK (SS-279), during the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 11 April to 23 May 1943, in waters in the area of the East China Sea. Commander Triebel delivered torpedo and surface attacks against hostile vessels, destroying a large amount of enemy shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Triebel 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)
Born: November 17, 1907 at Peoria, Illinois
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TRIEBEL, CHARLES OTTO
(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 Charles Otto Triebel, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SNOOK (SS-279), on a War Patrol of that submarine in 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Triebel 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: November 17, 1907 at Peoria, Illinois
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TRIEBEL, CHARLES OTTO
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
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 Charles Otto Triebel, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SNOOK (SS-279), on the FIFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 6 January 1944 to 6 March 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Triebel 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: November 17, 1907 at Peoria, Illinois
Home Town: Madison, Illinois
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TRIPSON, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John R. Tripson, Chief Specialist, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while in charge of a Scout Boat from the Northern Attack Group during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from November 8 to 11, 1942. Preceding the assault on Mehdia on 8 November Ensign Tripson, who was then a Chief Specialist, skillfully maneuvered his craft in complete darkness from the transport area seven miles off the coast toward the mouth of the Sebou River in order to locate and mark this locality for the assault battalions of the Northern Attack Group. After locating his position, he guided incoming boat waves of troops by prescribed signals to their proper destination. Although under fire from hostile forces, Ensign Tripson gallantly maintained his station until his mission was accomplished, thereby contributing to the successful landing of our troops.
Born: September 17, 1919 at Mission, Texas
Home Town: Mission, Texas

TROWBRIDGE, MILTON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Milton Trowbridge, 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 (VT-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action on 24 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. 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: March 26, 1923 at Shreveport, Louisiana
Home Town: Shreveport, Louisiana

TRUAX, MYRON M.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Myron M. Truax, 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 EIGHTY-THREE (VF-83), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action on 27 March 1945, while deployed over Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TRUAX, MYRON 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 Myron M. Truax, 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 EIGHTY-THREE (VF-83), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), on 4 May 1945, while deployed over Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Ensign Truax' outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TRUE, ARNOLD ELLSWORTH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arnold Ellsworth TRUE, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. HAMMANN (DD-412), during the rescue of survivors from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON in the battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. While still in danger of another attack by enemy planes and while the LEXINGTON was being shaken by violent explosions and was being gutted by raging fires, Commander True, in total disregard for his own safety, placed his ship alongside the LEXINGTON and took off a large number of survivors. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Born: January 23, 1901 at Owenton, Kentucky
Home Town: Corinth, Kentucky

TRYTTEN, JOSEPH PERRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Perry Trytten, 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 TWENTY (VB-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against units of the Japanese Fleet in waters west of the Central Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Flying as wingman on a search and attack mission when an enemy task force was sighted and his division was assigned the Japanese battleship MUSASHI as a target, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Trytten defied the withering barrages of antiaircraft fire to dive low over the hostile warship and release his bombs at perilously low altitude to score direct hits which started fires and contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage on the Japanese vessel. His superb airmanship, inspiring courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Trytten and the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 11, 1922 at Decorah, Iowa
Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan

TSARNAS, JOHN ELLES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Elles Tsarnas, 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 TWENTY (VB-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against units of the Japanese Fleet in waters west of the Central Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Flying as wingman on a search and attack mission when an enemy task force was sighted and his division was assigned the Japanese battleship MUSASHI as a target, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Tsarnas defied the withering barrages of antiaircraft fire to dive low over the hostile warship and release his bombs at perilously low altitude to score direct hits which started fires and contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage on the Japanese vessel. His superb airmanship, inspiring courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Tsarnas and the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 18, 1920 at Sherwood, California
Home Town: Heraldsburg, California

*TUCKER, ALFRED BLAND, III (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Alfred Bland Tucker, III, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber and Executive Officer of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 6 June 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander Tucker led his squadron in determined and effective bombing and strafing attacks on fleeing enemy Japanese forces, obtaining a successful hit on one of the enemy ships. His airmanship, courage and unwavering 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. 309 (December 1942)
Born: December 26, 1909 at Berryville, Virginia
Home Town: Winchester, Virginia

*TUCKER, HENRY WARREN (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Henry Warren Tucker, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession following the attack on the Fleet Oiler U.S.S. NEOSHO (AO-23), by enemy Japanese aerial forces in the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. With complete disregard for his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Tucker swam between the various life rafts carrying tannic acid in his hands to treat the burns of the injured men. He hazarded the dangers of exposure and exhaustion to continue his task, helping the injured to boats but refusing a place for himself. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Tucker was subsequently reported as missing in action and it is believed he lost his life in his loyal and courageous devotion to duty. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Tucker 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: October 5, 1919 at York, Alabama
Home Town: York, Alabama

TURNBULL, GEOFFREY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Geoffrey A. Turnbull, 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 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, Junior Grade, Turnbull 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.

TURNER, EWARD BENNETT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eward Bennett Turner, 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 FOURTEEN (VF-14), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action on 18 October 1944, while deployed in he Pacific War Area. 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 15, 1917 at Cherokee, South Carolina
Home Town: Green Cove Springs, Florida

TURNER, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John H. Turner, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SEAL (SS-183), on the ELEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 8 August 1944 to 17 September 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Turner 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 19, 1913 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Union City, Tennessee

*TURNER, RAYMOND L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond L. Turner, 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 in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home his attack to low altitude in the face of accurate and intense antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Turner succeeded in scoring one of eight direct hits upon a Japanese aircraft carrier of CHITOSE class, in a strike so effectively disposed that the resulting successive hits upon this ship caused it's almost immediate 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, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Turner contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TURNER, RICHMOND K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richmond K. Turner, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Task Force TARE, during the Amphibious landings in the Solomon Islands on 7 August 1942. Rear Admiral Turner led his force in launching the initial attack and, due to his expert leadership and courageous determination, carried it through to complete victory, while subjected to repeated severe air attacks and intense opposition. He then ensured the holding of objectives captured by landing supplies and equipment. Rear Admiral Turner'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)
Born: May 27, 1885 at Portland, Oregon
Home Town: Carmel, California

*TWEDT, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to James F. Twedt, 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, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 19 February 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Hospital Apprentice First Class Twedt 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.

TWELVES, WENDELL VAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wendell Van Twelves, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 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. In the face of heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Twelves 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, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Twelves 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: June 7, 1921 at Spanish Fork, Utah
Home Town: Spanish Fork, Utah

TYLER, MURRY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Murry H. Tyler, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over the Inland Sea of Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

TYLER, WARNER WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Warner William Tyler, Ensign, 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, Ensign Tyler boldly plunged through continuous, intense antiaircraft fire to carry out his attack and, expertly maneuvering to release his torpedo at close range, succeeded in scoring a damaging hit on an enemy battleship. By his superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and courage maintained in the face of tremendous opposition, Ensign Tyler 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: November 30, 1922 at Denver, Colorado
Home Town: Denver, Colorado

TYREE, ALEXANDER KELLY
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alexander Kelly Tyree, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BOWFIN (SS-287), on the EIGHTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 April 1945 to 15 May 1945, in enemy controlled waters in the Sea of Japan. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Tyree 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 28, 1915 at Page, West Virginia
Home Town: Spokane, Washington
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TYREE, ALEXANDER KELLY
(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 Alexander Kelly Tyree, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BOWFIN (SS-287), on the NINTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 29 May 1945 to 4 July 1945, in enemy controlled waters in the Sea of Japan. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Tyree 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 28, 1915 at Page, West Virginia
Home Town: Spokane, Washington
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TYREE, JOHN A., JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John A. Tyree, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. FINBACK (SS-230), on the FIFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 12 May 1943 to 26 June 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Palau Islands. Through his aggressive actions while on patrol in the Pacific War Area, Lieutenant Commander Tyree succeeded in dealing crippling blows to Japanese shipping. His submarine sank 23,000 tons and damaged 20,000 tons of hostile shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Tyree 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: October 3, 1911 at Blackstone, Virginia
Home Town: Danville, Virginia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

TYREE, JOHN A., 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 John A. Tyree, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. FINBACK (SS-230), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 18 July 1943 to 12 September 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Java Sea. Through his aggressive actions while on patrol in the Pacific War Area, Lieutenant Commander Tyree destroyed a large armed passenger-freighter. Taking advantage of every favorable attack with alert skill and courageous efficiency, he succeeded in sinking an important amount of hostile shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Tyree 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. 333 (December 1944)
Born: October 3, 1911 at Blackstone, Virginia
Home Town: Danville, Virginia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

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*UNDERHILL, SAMUEL JACKSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel Jackson Underhill, Ensign, 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 Underhill'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: August 25, 1917 at Jericho, Long Island, New York
Home Town: Jericho, Long Island, New York

UNDERWOOD, GORDON WAITE
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gordon Waite Underwood, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SPADEFISH (SS-411), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 July 1944 to 24 September 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Strait in the Philippine Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Underwood 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: June 3, 1910 at Jamestown, New York
Home Town: Milwaukie, Oregon
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

UNDERWOOD, GORDON WAITE
(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 Gordon Waite Underwood, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SPADEFISH (SS-411), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 October 1944 to 12 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Underwood 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: June 3, 1910 at Jamestown, New York
Home Town: Milwaukie, Oregon
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

UNDERWOOD, GORDON WAITE
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
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 Gordon Waite Underwood, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SPADEFISH (SS-411), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 6 January 1945 to 13 February 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Underwood 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: June 3, 1910 at Jamestown, New York
Home Town: Milwaukie, Oregon
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

UPDEGRAFF, WILLIAM N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William N. Updegraff, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station at Dutch Harbor, Territory of Alaska, prior to and during the attack on that station by enemy Japanese aerial forces during the period from 3 to 26 June 1942. As a consequence of his thorough and comprehensive preparation for the defense of this important tactical post, the damage and loss of life that occurred was held to a minimum. Captain Updegraff's coolness under fire, his calm and courageous bearing were a source of encouragement and inspiration to all who served with him. Despite damage incident to the attack, the Naval Air Station continued to function efficiently and maintained competent support for the operation of our planes and ships both during the attack and in the tense days of enemy proximity that followed. Captain Updegraff'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. 311 (February 1943)
Born: January 11, 1897 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Portland, Oregon

UTTER, HARMON TISCHER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harmon Tischer Utter, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over the East China Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

 

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