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Recipients Of The

Navy Cross

(This listing is as complete as we are able to provide from numerous resources, however it is possible that a few recipients may not be listed.  You can verify if someone received the Navy Cross from this list, but absence of a name should NOT be construed to definitively negate a veteran's claim to this award.) We believe this listing is 

 

Statistical Summary of Navy Cross Awards

 Event

USN

USMC

USCG

Army

USAF

Foreign

Civilian

TOTAL

 1st Haitian Campaign (1915-16)

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Dominican Campaign (1916-1918)

3

2

--

--

--

--

--

5

 Miscellaneous (1916-1917)

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

World War I (1917-1918)

 1,299

 392

36

12 

-- 100

--

1839

WW

Gillespie Plant Explosion (Oct 4, 1918)

--

--

12

--

--

 --

--

12

 I

Influenza Epidemic (1918-19) 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- 7

  Era

Miscellaneous Awards (1917-1918)

1

--

--

--

--

--

--

1

 NC Trans-Atlantic Flights (1919)

14

 --

1

--

--

--

--

15

 2nd Haitian Campaign (1919-1920)

--

9

--

--

--

--

--

9

 Miscellaneous Awards (1919-1926) 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 5

 Lake Denmark Fire (Jul 10, 1926) 

4

16

--

--

--

--

--

20

 S-51 Rescue and Salvage (1926) 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- 12
 Nanking Affair  (Mar 21-25, 1927) 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4
 S-4 Rescue and Salvage (1927) 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- 11
 Submarine Escape Device (1928 - 1931) 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- 8

 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign (1927-1933)

13

100

--

--

--

--

--

113

 Byrd Expeditions (1929 & 1933)

4

4

--

--

--

--

--

8

 Miscellaneous (1930-37) 12 2 -- -- -- 1 -- 15
 Yangtze Service (July 1931) 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3

 Panay Incident (Dec. 1937)

23

--

--

1

--

2

--

26

 Squalus Rescue (May 1939)

46

--

--

--

--

--

--

46

 Other Actions (1939 - 1942)

10

2

--

--

--

--

--

12

 World War II

2,889

1,030

6

4

10

19

1

3,959

 Korea

42

224

--

3

--

--

--

269

 Vietnam

125

363

--

1

--

2

--

491

 USS Liberty Incident

 2

 --

 --

 --

--

 --

 --

 2

 USS Pueblo  Incident

 --

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 SS Mayaguez

 --

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Grenada

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Just Cause (Panama)

 2

 --

 --

 --

--

 --

 --

 2

 Desert Storm

--

2

--

--

--

--

--

2

 War on Terror

6

17

--

--

--

--

--

23

 TOTALS

4,545

2,168

55

20

11

124

1

6,924

 

Authorized February 4, 1919, the Navy Cross was the Navy's 3rd highest award for combat heroism and other distinguished services.  On August 7, 1942 Congress made the Navy Cross a COMBAT ONLY decoration with precedence over the Distinguished Service Medal, making it the Navy's 2nd highest award ranking below only the Medal of Honor.  It shares this position with the Army's Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross.

Awarded to U.S. and Foreign military personnel and civilians who have displayed extraordinary heroism in one of the following situations:
  1. While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States,
  2. While engaged in military operations involving conflict with a foreign force, or
  3. While serving with a friendly nation engaged in armed conflict against a force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

 

 Navy Cross Citations 

US Coast Guard  (55 Total Awards-All Wars)

 Pre-World War I  (7 Total Awards)
World War I - (1,839 Awards)
 US Navy Personnel - (1,299 Total Awards)
 US Marines (392 Total Awards)
 US Coast Guard Personnel  (36 Awards)
 US Army Personnel  (12 Awards)
  Foreign Personnel - (100 Awards)
.
World War I ERA (20 Awards) 
Influenza Epidemic of 1918 (7 Awards) 
 Gillespie Plant Explosion (12 Awards)
 Miscellaneous Life Saving Awards (1 Award)
.
Interim (308 Awards) 
 1919 - 1929 (85 Awards) 
 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign - 1927-1933 (113 Awards)
 1928 - 1937    (26 Awards)
 1937 Panay    (26 Awards)
 1939 Squalus (46 Awards)
 1938  - 1942   (12 Awards)
.
World War II - (3,959 Awards) 
 Awards to US Navy Personnel (2,889 Awards)
 Awards to US Marines (1,030 Awards)
 Awards to US Coast Guard (6 Awards)
 Awards to US Army Personnel (3 Awards)
 Awards to US Army Air Forces Personnel (11 Awards)
 Awards to US Civilians (1 Award)
 Awards to Foreign Personnel (19 Awards)
.
Korean War  - (269 Awards) 
 Awards to US Navy Personnel (42 Awards)
 Awards to US Marines (224 Awards)
 Awards to US Army Personnel (3 Awards)
.
Vietnam War  (491 Awards)
Awards to US Navy Personnel  (125 Awards)
 Awards to US Marines (363 Awards)
Awards to US Army and Foreign Personnel   (3 Awards)
.
Awards Post-Vietnam War   (9 Awards)
    
USS Liberty, USS Pueblo, SS Mayaguez, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf
.
War on Terror Awards   (23 Awards)
 US Navy Personnel (6 Awards)
 US Marines (17 Awards)

 

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