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Full Text Citations For Award of
The Navy Cross 

 
To U.S. Coast Guard Personnel
World War II
(6 Awards)

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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CLARK, PAUL LEAMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul Leaman Clark, Fireman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as Engineer of a landing boat attached to the U.S.S. JOSEPH T. DICKMAN (AP-26) during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. When a hostile plane strafed his boat with machinegun fire, mortally wounding the bow man and severely injuring the coxswain, Fireman First Class Clark with quick initiative immediately withdrew from the beach. Speeding toward the U.S.S. PALMER, he placed the wounded men aboard and, although his craft was riddled by enemy bullets, courageously returned to his station at the beach and completed his boat's mission. The conduct of Fireman First Class Clark 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. 319 (October 1943)
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey

EVANS, RAYMOND J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond J. Evans, Chief Signalman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as a member of the crew of a HIGGINS boat assisting in the rescue of a group of Marines of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, who had become surrounded by enemy Japanese forces on a beachhead of Guadalcanal, Solomons Islands, on 27 September 1942. Although he knew that his boat was to be used for the purpose of drawing enemy fire away from other craft evacuating the trapped Marines, Chief Signalman Evans, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, volunteered as a member of the crew. Gallantly remaining at his post during the entire evacuation and with every other member of his crew killed or wounded, he maintained control of the boat with one hand on the wheel and continued to fire his automatic machine gun with the other, until the last boat cleared the beach. By his great personal valor, skill and outstanding devotion to duty in the face of grave danger, he contributed directly to the success of his mission by saving the lives of many who otherwise might have perished.
Born: at Bellingham, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington

GILL, WARREN CALAVAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Warren Calavan Gill, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Officer in Charge of small boats for the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, on 10 July 1943. Lieutenant (j.g.) Gill, while directing the lowering of small boats from U.S.S. LST THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN (LST-357), which was under enemy fire, was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds he continued with utmost intrepidity to efficiently carry on his duty as commander of the assault flotillas, giving last-minute instructions to the officers and crews. He then collapsed and his injuries were found to be so severe that many months of hospitalization will be required for recovery. Lieutenant (j.g.) Gill's heroism was an inspiration to all officers and men of the flotilla. Because of this and the patient and thorough instruction he had carried out in the landing technique throughout the training periods and the landings in Algeria and Sicily, the performance of this boat in the assault was most admirable. The conduct of Lieutenant (j.g.) Gill throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: , Oregon

HIRSHFIELD, JAMES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James A. Hirshfield, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CAMPBELL (WPG-32) during action against an enemy submarine in the Atlantic War Area on 22 February 1943. Surprising the hostile undersea craft on the surface during escort operations, Commander Hirshfield, in a quick attempt to ram, collided with the vessel and destroyed it in a fierce attack by depth charges and point-blank fire. Although painfully wounded by flying shell splinters, he gallantly remained in command throughout the action and during the subsequent period while the Campbell was towed safely into port with several prisoners from the sunken submarine. Commander Hirshfield's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943) & 332 (November 1944)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas

JESTER, MAURICE D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Maurice D. Jester, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ICARUS (WPC-110) during a successful action on 9 May 1942, with an enemy German submarine. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Jester 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)

WALSH, QUENTIN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Quentin R. Walsh, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of a specially trained U.S. Naval reconnaissance party at Cherbourg, France, on 26 and 27 June 1944. Lieutenant Commander Walsh enterd the port of Cherbourg with Army troops three weeks after D-Day of the Normandy Invasion, and penetrated the eastern half of the city. While leading his party through scattered pockets of resistance, he engaged in street fighting and accepted the surrender of 750 Germans, 400 at the naval arsenal and 350 at nearby Fort du Homet. He secured the release of 52 captured U.S. Army paratroopers who were being held prisoner in the fort. His aggressive leadership and outstanding heroism were instrumental in the surrender of the last inner fortress of the Cherbourg arsenal and considerably expedited its occupation and use by the Allied forces. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Walsh 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. 338 (May 1945)
Born: February 2, 1910 at Providence, Rhode Island
Home Town: Denton, Maryland

 

 

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