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The Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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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 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
to

 

ABBETT, H. J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to H. J. Abbett, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Whipple, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for his prompt, daring, and resolute conduct upon the occasion of the burning of the steamship S.S. Florence H in Quiberon Bay on the night of 17 April 1918. The Florence H was loaded with explosives, and within a few moments after the outbreak of the fire the ship was completely enveloped in flames and the water in the vicinity thickly covered with burning powder boxes, which from time to time exploded, scattering fire throughout the mass. Lieutenant Commander Abbett drove the Whipple into the burning mass and, assisted by small boats from other vessels in the harbor, succeeded in rescuing a large number of men who, but for the help so promptly and heroically extended must have perished in the flaming wreckage.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


ANDERSON, EDWIN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Edwin A. Anderson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in organizing and in the administration and operation of the American Patrol Squadron ONE, and in developing arrangements for the co-operation of air, surface, and submarine craft. Also for his successful co-operation with the Cuban Government in making the available vessels of the Cuban Navy efficient and ready for service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


ANDREWS, PHILIP
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Philip Andrews, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Mississippi and later as a Rear Admiral in command of the U.S. Naval Base at Cardiff Wales, and Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in the Adriatic.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BADGER, CHARLES J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles J. Badger, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a member of the General Board in advising the department upon many matters of great importance relating to the conduct of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BAGLEY, DAVID W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to David W. Bagley, Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Jacob Jones, upon the occasion of the sinking of that vessel by an enemy submarine on 6 December 1917. the conduct and bearing of Commander Bagley under the trying conditions of the disaster and his handling of the situation were in accord with the best traditions of the naval service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BASSETT, F. B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to F. B. Bassett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of the U.S.S. Utah, operating in the war zone in association and co-operation with British naval forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BASTEDO, PAUL H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Paul H. Bastedo, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commander of the Sub- Chaser Squadron ONE, Hunt Commander Otranto Barrage, and as Commander of a detachment of three Sub-Chasers in the engagement of Durazzo, when two enemy submarines were destroyed.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BECK, WILLIAM L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William L. Beck, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility in command of a division of mine sweepers engaged in the exacting and hazardous service of sweeping deep-sea mines from the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BELKNAP, R. R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. R. Belknap, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in command of Mine Squadron ONE of the Mine Force, during the operation of laying mines in the North Sea, and for his excellent work in connection with the equipping of these ships for mine laying duty.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BEMIS, HAROLD M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Harold M. Bemis, Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of Submarine Division FIVE, making a trip to British waters and operating in those waters against German submarines, and later making a voyage with one tug and three submarines from Bermuda to the Azores under very difficult conditions. Finding himself on board a British submarine when all her officers and two-thirds of her crew were down with influenza, he took command of the British submarine and conducted a successful patrol for five days off the German coast.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BENSON, WILLIAM SHEPHERD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William Shepherd Benson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility as Chief of Naval Operations.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 9/25/1855 at Macon, Georgia
Home Town: Macon, Georgia


BERRIEN, F. D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to F. D. Berrien, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Nicholson, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an engagement on 17 November 1917, in association with the U.S.S. Fanning, with the German Submarine U-58, as a result of which the submarine was forced to come to the surface and surrender.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BLAKELY, C. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to C. A. Blakely, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. O'Brien engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for a successful attack upon an enemy submarine on 16 June 1917.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BLUE, VICTOR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Victor Blue, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of the U.S.S. Texas, operating in the war zone in association and co-operation with the British Grand Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 12/6/1863 at Richmond County, North Carolina


BRAISTED, W. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. C. Braisted, Rear Admiral (MC), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BRISTOL, MARK L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Mark L. Bristol, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of the U.S.S. Oklahoma, operating in the war zone in association and co-operation with British naval forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 4/17/1868 at Glassboro, New Jersey


*BRUCE, FRANK (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Frank Bruce, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Bobolink, engaged in mine sweeping on the North Sea, when, on 14 May 1919, 1 mine was found to be foul of a parted sweep which was being reeled in. As soon as this dangerous situation was reported to him, Lieutenant Bruce took his station at the stern, sending everyone else forward, and proceeded to direct the operation of attempting to clear the mine. When the mine was near the surface and directly under the stern of the ship it exploded, killing Lieutenant Bruce almost instantly.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BULLARD, WILLIAM H. G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William H. G. Bullard, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Arkansas in the Atlantic Fleet, and later the Grand Fleet, and later still a rear admiral in command of the U.S. Naval Base at Malta.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


*BULMER, R. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to R. C. Bulmer, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Black Hawk, flagship and repair ship of the mine force engaged in the laying of the North Sea mine barrage and subsequently mine sweeping.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BURGER, PHILIP J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Philip J. Burger, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Jacob Jones. After that vessel was torpedoed on 6 December 1917, at the risk of almost certain death, Seaman Second Class Burger remained in the motor sailer and endeavored to get it clear for floating from the ship. He failed to accomplish this in time and was drawn under water with the boat, but later came to the surface and was rescued.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BUTLER, H. V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to H. V. Butler, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. San Francisco, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CAPERTON, W. B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. B. Caperton, Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet on the east coast of South America in establishing friendly diplomatic relations with the countries of South America.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CAPPS, WASHINGTON L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Washington L. Capps, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Senior Member of the Compensation Board during the War, charged with the many difficult and complicated financial questions involved in the contracts for ships of the Navy on a cost-plus basis, and the provision of plants for their building, during the War. Rear Admiral Capps exhibited great zeal and assiduity in guarding the interests of the Navy. Also for duty as Member of the General Munitions Board and as General Manager of the U.S. Emergency Fleet Corporation.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CARPENDER, ARTHUR S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Arthur S. Carpender, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Fanning engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an engagement on 17 November 1917, with the German submarine U-58, as a result of which the submarine was forced to come to the surface and surrender.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


CHASE, JEHU VALENTINE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Jehu Valentine Chase, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Minnesota, and also for the splendid seamanship shown in bringing the Minnesota safely into port after being mined, with a hole in her underwater body approximately 30 feet long and extending athwart-ships from port side or keel to starboard armor shelf and protective deck, without loss of life.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 141 (September 27, 1930)
Born: 1/10/1869 at Pattersonville, Louisiana


*CHASE, VOLNEY O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Volney O. Chase, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as senior assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, overwork from which probably caused his untimely death.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CHEVALIER, GODFREY D. COURCELLES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Godfrey D. Courcelles Chevalier, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in connection with the first aeronautical detachment to reach France, and as Commander of the United States Naval Air Station at Dunkirk, which was established and maintained in spite of constant bombing by the enemy. Later he commanded the assembly and repair base at Eastleigh, England.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 3/7/1889 at Providence, Rhode Island


CHRIST, WILLIAM B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William B. Christ, Chief Gunners Mate, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally and meritorious and distinguished service as Commanding Officer of the Armed Draft Detail of the S.S. Orleans. Chief Gunner's Mate Christ displayed heroic conduct when the Orleans was sunk by a German submarine on 3 July 1917, by entering the engine room of the sinking ship, attempting to stop the engines and remaining with the ship until all lifeboats and rafts had been launched, after which he left the ship with only a life preserver.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CHRISTY, HARLEY HANNIBAL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Harley Hannibal Christy, Captain, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession in Command of the U.S.S. SAN DIEGO, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines. Particularly for exceptionally meritorious conduct at the time the SAN DIEGO was struck by a mine and sunk on 19 July 1918, and later for service in command of the U.S.S. WYOMING in the Atlantic Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 9/18/1870 at Circleville, Ohio


CLUVERIUS, WAT TYLER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Wat Tyler Cluverius, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Shawmut, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


COFFMAN, DEWITT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to DeWitt Coffman, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of Battleship Force 2, Atlantic Fleet, and also for the efficient manner in which he administered and operated the fleet in the temporary absence of the commander in chief during August, September, and October 1917.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 11/28/1854 at Mount Jackson, Virginia


COLE, W. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. C. Cole, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of the U.S.S. Nevada, operating in the war zone in association and co-operation with British naval forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CONDEN, A. R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. R. Conden, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a member of the Shipping Board, representing the Bureau of Ordnance and connected with the War Industries Board on the committee of steel production.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CONE, HUTCH I.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Hutch I. Cone, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Naval Aviator Forces, Foreign Service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CONN, WILLIAM T., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William T. Conn, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Alcedo, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines. Particularly on 5 November 1917, when the Alcedo was struck by an enemy submarine and was lost, for his conduct which was in keeping with the best traditions of the Service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


COONTZ, ROBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Robert E. Coontz, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District and Commandant of the Bremerton Navy Yard, and also for a time while acting as assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 6/11/1864 at Hannibal, Missouri


COTTON, LYMAN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Lyman A. Cotton, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in constructing, organizing and operating the Naval Base at Plymouth, England. Under Captain Cotton's direction 48 sub chasers operated efficiently in the English Channel against enemy submarines.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


CRAVEN, THOMAS T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Thomas T. Craven, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as aide for aviation, U.S. Naval Forces in France.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 7/8/1873 at Vallejo, California


DAVIS, GUY E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Guy E. Davis, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally courageous and meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility while serving as commander of a patrol unit operating against enemy submarines on the United States Atlantic coast. A leak having been started in the battery compartment of the N-5, one of the submarines of the patrol unit, which threatened to put the submarine out of action through the flooding of the battery and the development of chlorine gas, Commander Davis entered the flooded compartment in company with Lieutenant Walter Siebert and for four hours those two officers alternated at lying on their backs in the water and calking the leaking seams, while the crew of the boat, by bailing, succeeded in keeping the water just below the top of the battery. The boat was tested by submerging to 40 feet, and some of the calking having been blown out from the seams, the operation of calking was repeated by the same officers. As a result of their action, the boat was enabled to keep at sea for 18 days more and to carry out the orders under which the unit was acting, for the protection of the coasts and shipping of the United States. On 28 November 1917, as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Wakiva, Commander Davis engaged and destroyed an enemy submarine which attempted to attack the convoy escorted by the Wakiva.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


DAVIS, NOEL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Noel Davis, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Aid to Commander, Mine Force, in connection with the construction of the North Sea Barrage, and later as Commander of a Division of mine sweepers engaged in the difficult and hazardous operation of sweeping for and removing mines of this barrage under exceptionally difficult conditions.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


DESTEIGUER, LOUIS R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Louis R. DeSteiguer, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in the line of his profession as Chief of Staff of the THIRD Naval District and in command of the U.S.S. Arkansas in the Grand Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


DISMUKES, DOUGLAS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Douglas E. Dismukes, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Mount Vernon upon the occasion of the torpedoing of that vessel on 9 September 1918. By his prompt and efficient conduct and as a result of the excellent discipline existing among the officers and the crew, the ship was safely brought into port.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


DUNN, HERBERT O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Herbert O. Dunn, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Station at Ponto del Gada, Azores, and for the efficient performance of his duties as such.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


EARLE, RALPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Ralph Earle, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. In this capacity Rear Admiral Earle accomplished the origination of the mine barrage across the North Sea known as the Northern Barrage, the making of a type of mine entirely new to mining warfare, the conception and execution of the 14" naval railway battery operations carried out in France, the supplying a safe and reliable depth charge in sufficient quantities on time, and other naval ordnance projects carried out during the World War.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Worcester, Massachusetts
Home Town: Worcester, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


EBERLE, EDWARD W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Edward W. Eberle, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 8/17/1864 at Denton, Texas


FIFER, URSHER LE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Ursher Le Fifer, Hospitalman Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary conspicuous gallantry on 6 June 1918, during the capture of Bouresches, Chateau-Thierry Sector, France. Hospitalman Apprentice First Class Fifer dressed and evacuated the wounded from a wheat field swept by heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. At a time when the losses threatened the success of the operation his heroic conduct steadied the lines and spurred the attacking platoons on through barrage fire. Also on 10 July 1918, near Vierzy, France, he administered aid to wounded Infantry troops as they advanced, taking the wounded into Vierzy under heavy shell fire and bringing back water and stretchers. He fearlessly ran along the line, exposing himself to sniper and machine-gun fire, to direct prisoners to wounded men. Hospitalman Apprentice First Class Fifer was also commended for heroic conduct on 8 October 1918, in Champagne, France.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FITZGERALD, PATRICK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Patrick Fitzgerald, Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service at the time of the torpedoing of the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON, on 5 September 1918. Fireman First Class Fitzgerald, through his great presence of mind and in the risk of his own life, succeeded in saving the life of another man who was unconscious in a darkened compartment on board the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FLETCHER, FRANK FRIDAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Frank Friday Fletcher, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a member of the General Board in advising the Department upon many matters of great importance to the conduct of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Oskaloosa, Iowa
Home Town: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz, Mexico), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


FOOTE, PERCY W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Percy W. Foote, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PRESIDENT LINCOLN, upon the occasion of the sinking of that vessel by an enemy submarine on 31 May 1918. The conduct and bearing of Commander Foote under the trying conditions of the disaster and his handling of the situation were in accord with the best traditions of the Naval Service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FOSTER, JOHN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to John C. Foster, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for extraordinary heroism as observer in an aeroplane engaged in a raid for bombing the enemy cost near Bruges, Belgium, on 24 July 1918. Lieutenant (j.g.) Foster's airplane crashed to the ground and he was severely injured, his left arm being dislocated and fractured. The airplane, which carried sixteen 50-pound bombs, took fire, and it was known that the bombs were certain to explode. In spite of this great and imminent danger, Lieutenant (j.g.) Foster undertook to rescue the pilot, who was pinned under the wreckage, and succeeded in removing him to a distance of about 40 yards when all of the bombs blew up.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FOSTER, P. F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to P. F. Foster, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. AL-2 in an encounter with an enemy submarine on 10 July 1918, in which the enemy submarine was sunk.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FULLINWIDER, S. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to S. P. Fullinwider, Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the development of plans and material for the North Sea mine barrage, which is recognized as being largely responsible for the collapse of the German submarine campaign, and thus for the successful termination of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GANNON, SINCLAIR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Sinclair Gannon, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of the U.S.S. SARANAC, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GATES, ARTEMUS L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Artemus L. Gates, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in going to the assistance of a wrecked British aeroplane on 23 August 1918. Although it was known that the wreck was near the enemy coast and that he was in danger of being attacked, this officer proceeded to the rescue without gun layers or other means of defense in order to save weight, making it possible to pick up and transport the officers of the wrecked plane, which work was successfully accomplished in spite of many difficulties and dangers.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GHENT, DANIEL T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Daniel T. Ghent, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ANTILLES (Army Transport), upon the occasion of the sinking of that vessel by an enemy submarine on 17 October 1917. The ship sank in four and one half minutes, and the excellent conduct and bearing of Lieutenant Commander Ghent in handling the situation under such trying conditions is in accord with the best traditions of the Naval Service.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GLASSFORD, W. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. A. Glassford, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SHAW upon the occasion of the collision between that vessel and H.M.S. Aquitanita on 9 October 1918, when his presence of mind, prompt and courageous action and resolute persistence and further, as a result of the splendid discipline of those under his command, the SHAW was saved from becoming a total loss and was safely brought into port after her bow had been completely severed from the remainder of the ship, and the ship still further endangered by fire and by threatened explosion of ammunition.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GLEAVES, ALBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Albert Gleaves, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of the Cruiser and Transport Force in connection with the organization and operation of the cruisers and transports in convoy work and transportation of troops.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: January 1,1858 at Nashville, Tennessee
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


GOURLAY, GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to George Gourlay, Chief Gunner, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service as member of the crew of the U.S.S. CURLEW, which was engaged in mine clearing work in July 1919. A mine exploded close to the stern of his ship sending a wave of water over the after end and washing two of the crew overboard. Chief Gunner Gourlay jumped into the rough and almost ice-cold sea with mines exploding in the vicinity and rescued one mate; the other was lost.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GRAHAM, S. V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to S. V. Graham, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility Commanding Officer of the U.S.A.T. FINLAND when that vessel was torpedoed by an enemy submarine on 28 October 1917. Through the coolness, nerve, and excellent seamanship of Captain Graham the ship, although badly damaged, was brought safely into port.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GRANT, A. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. W. Grant, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of Battleship Force ONE, and further for the efficient manner in which he commanded the Atlantic Fleet in the Western Atlantic in the absence of the Commander In Chief during September, October, November and December 1918.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GREENSLADE, J. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to J. W. Greenslade, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HOUSATONIC, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GRIFFIN, R. S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. S. Griffin, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering in connection with the design, building, and upkeep of machinery for new vessels and vessels in commission.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GROH, EDMUND P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Edmund P. Groh, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the U.S. Marines near Vierzy, France, on 19 July 1918. Pharmacists' Mate Third Class Groh showed great courage in dressing the wounded in an open field, continuing on duty after being wounded. He refused to be evacuated until he had completely dressed all wounded brought to him. On 15 September 1918, near Thiaucourt, France, he displayed remarkable devotion to duty while giving first aid to wounded in the face of machine-gun fire. Only after being wounded himself did he leave the exposed area, and then he went to the aid of a severely wounded man.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


GUTTORMSEN, P. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to P. A. Guttormsen, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Senior Engineer Officer of the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON, upon the occasion of the torpedoing of that vessel by a German submarine on 19 September 1918. Although much of the damage to the ship was in the engine and fire rooms, the officers and men of the engineering department under the direction of Lieutenant Commander Guttormsen worked so efficiently, in spite of very difficult conditions, that the ship was able to reach port under her own steam and at almost normal speed.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HAISLIP, H. S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to H. S. Haislip, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. STEWART, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for his prompt, daring, and resolute conduct upon the occasion of the burning of the steamship FLORENCE H, in Quiberon Bay on the night of 17 April 1918. The FLORENCE H was loaded with explosives and within a few moments after the outbreak of the fire the ship was completely enveloped in flame and the water and the vicinity thickly covered with burning powder boxes, which from time to time exploded, scattering fire throughout the mass. Lieutenant Commander Haislip drove the STEWART into the burning mass, approaching close to the stern of the FLORENCE H, and assisted by small boats from the STEWARD, the WHIPPLE, the SULTANA, the CORONA, and the TRUXTUN, succeeded in rescuing a large number of men who, but for the help so promptly and heroically extended, must have perished in the flaming wreckage.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HALLIGAN, JOHN, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to John Halligan, Jr., Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff, Naval Forces in France.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HANRAHAN, D. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to D. C. Hanrahan, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in command of a destroyer and as Destroyer Division Commander operating in the war zone and later as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Bombing Group, in which capacity he was conspicuously successful.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HART, T. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to T. C. Hart, Captain, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while on shore, under orders of the Chief of Naval Operations, in the performance of duty in connection with submarines and for distinguished service afloat in command of submarines engaged in operations against the enemy.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HEPBURN, A. J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. J. Hepburn, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the sub chaser base at Queenstown, Ireland, and in charge of aircraft and their operation on the southern coast of Ireland.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HODGES, G. S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to G. S. Hodges, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Second Pilot of Plane No. 8685, operating off Killingholme, England, on 28 October 1818. Another plane, carrying a crew of four men, fell to the water from a considerable height and was wrecked, the occupants being pinned under the debris, and shortly afterwards the gasoline, which covered the surface of the water, took fire. Plane No. 8685 immediately made a landing close to the wreck, and Ensign Hodges dove overboard and came up in the midst of the burning gasoline, seeking to rescue the men of the wrecked plane. He continued diving, completely disregarding the danger to himself and only desisted when it was certain that nothing was to be accomplished by continuing longer.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


HUGHES, CHARLES FREDERICK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Frederick Hughes, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. NEW YORK, operating in the war zone in association and co-operation with the British Grand Fleet.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 141 (September 27, 1930)
Born: 10/14/1866 at Bath, Maine


INGALLS, DAVID SINTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to David Sinton Ingalls, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a Seaplane Pilot attacked to the Naval Seaplane Station at Dunkirk, where, as a result of his brilliant and courageous work, he was made an acting flying commander by the British authorities over their own pilots. Alone and in conjunction with other pilots, he shot down at least four enemy aeroplanes and one or more enemy balloons.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 105 (June 1, 1929)
Born: 1/28/1899 at Cleveland, Ohio
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


JACKSON, O. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to O. P. Jackson, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, in which capacity, in addition to the many exacting duties connected with the administration of the fleet under the complicated conditions incident to the war, he twice accompanied the Commander in Chief on tours of inspection abroad, where his thorough and able attention to and observation of our own and allied forces and methods produced results of the greatest value to the navy and the Government.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JACOBS, WALTER F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Walter F. Jacobs, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of a Division of mine sweepers engaged in the exacting and hazardous services of sweeping deep-sea mines from the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JACOBY, MACLEAR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Maclear Jacoby, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. C-129 engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters of the war zone and operating against enemy submarines, and especially for his quick judgment and good headwork in the attack on Durazzo when his vessel, although practically disabled, succeeded in destroying an enemy submarine.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JESSOP, EARL B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Earl B. Jessop, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Engineering Officer of the Navy Yard, New York, New York.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JOHNSON, ALFRED W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Alfred W. Johnson, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CONYNGHAM, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted, against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an attack upon an enemy submarine on 19 October 1917, during which attack the CONYNGHAM was directly over the submarine and dropped a depth bomb which is believed to have destroyed the submarine.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JOHNSON, T. L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to T. L. Johnson, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CANOICUS, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JOHNSTON, HERBERT R. O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Herbert R. O. Johnston, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LAKE FOREST engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting supplies through waters infested with mines and especially for an engagement with an enemy submarine on 27 June 1918, as a result of which it is believed that the submarine was severely damaged.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


JONES, HILARY POLLARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Hilary Pollard Jones, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility, first in command of the First Squadron, Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet; second, in command of the First Division, Cruiser Force; third, Commander, Newport News Division, Cruiser and Transport Force; fourth, as administrator of harbor floating equipment, Hampton Roads District.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 255 (December 18, 1937)
Born: November 14, 1863 at Hanover County, Virginia
Home Town: Taylorsville, Virginia
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


*KALK, STANTON F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Stanton F. Kalk, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the destruction of the U.S.S. JACOB JONES by a submarine, on 6 December 1917. Lieutenant Kalk, as Officer of the Deck, when the submarine was sighted, took prompt and correct measures in maneuvering to avoid the torpedo, and later showed extraordinary heroism in sacrificing himself by giving up his place on a life raft to make room for others, as a result of which splendid self-sacrifice, he lost his life.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


KEEN, EDWARD V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Edward V. Keen, Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of a Division of mine sweepers engaged in the difficult and hazardous work of sweeping for and removing the mines of the North Sea Mine Barrage.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


*KING, FRANK R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Frank R. King, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of a Division of trawlers, engaged in the difficult and hazardous operation of sweeping for and removing mines in the North Sea Barrage; and especially for his heroic conduct on the occasion of the destruction by mine explosion of his flagship, the U.S.S. RICHARD BULKLEY, of which he was also the Commanding Officer. Although stunned by the explosion, he made every effort to save the lives and to rescue men entrapped by steam in the fireroom. The rapid sinking of the vessel prevented his success in the undertaking. Finding the ship about to sink he proceeded to bridge, where he took his station, and went down with the ship.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


KNIGHT, AUSTIN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Austin M. Knight, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in connection with Allied operations carried out at and near Vladivostok and in northeastern Siberia.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


KYRKLUND, KARL V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Karl V. Kyrklund, Boatswain, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession on the occasion of an accident to the U.S.S. DOWNES, on 7 October 1918, when, in a heavy gale, a sea broke on the stern of the DOWNES, spreading the depth-charge tracks and dislodging a number of depth charges, which fell beneath the tracks where they were a menace to the ship in that they might become armed and explode. Boatswain Kyrklund, with four enlisted men, at once undertook to secure the bombs, at great personal risk to themselves, as the seas were breaking over the stern four or five feet high, and finally succeeded. Boatswain Kyrklund was seriously injured, but remained on duty for a month, with the result that he contracted tuberculosis.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LANDO, ELLIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Ellis Lando, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of a Division of trawlers engaged in the difficult and hazardous duty of sweeping for and removing mines of the North Sea Barrage, and especially for his heroic conduct at the time of the destruction by a mine of the RICHARD BULKLEY, when he jumped overboard from his flagship, the U.S.S. WILLIAM JOHNSON, in a rough sea, and rescued Antimo Perfidio (S.C. 1c) who was at the time unconscious.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LEIGH, R. H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. H. Leigh, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility on the Staff of the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in European waters and in charge of operations, Anti-Submarine Section.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LOFTIN, FRANK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Frank Loftin, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of a squadron of sub chasers operating against enemy submarines in the Adriatic and later as U.S. Naval Representative in Dalmatia, where his tact, judgment, and firmness contributed in an important degree to the preservation of order in a country where conditions were greatly disturbed and to the settlement of many puzzling diplomatic questions with regard to which he had not instructions from higher authority.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LONG, A. T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. T. Long, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. NEVADA, operating in the war zone in association and cooperation with British Naval Forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LONG, B. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to B. A. Long, Captain, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. NICHOLSON, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MAGRUDER, T. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to T. P. Magruder, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as District Commander Orient and Commander, Squadron FOUR, U.S. Patrol Force.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


*MALLON, JOHN V. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to John V. Mallon, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism at the time of the destruction of the U.S.S. RICHARD BULKLEY, engaged in mine sweeping in the North Sea. At the time of the explosion of the mine which destroyed the ship, Seaman Second Class Mallon was on duty as signalman of the watch and remained at his post on the bridge and went down with the ship.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MANNIX, D. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to D. P. Mannix, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. QUINNEBUG engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MARSHALL, A. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. W. Marshall, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BALTIMORE engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MAYO, HENRY THOMAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Henry Thomas Mayo, Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in connection with the organization, training and maintaining of the fleet in a condition for war both in American and European waters.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 255 (December 18, 1937)
Born: 12/8/1856 at Burlington, Vermont
Home Town: Burlington, Vermont


MCCANN, R. H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. H. McCann, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Second Pilot of Airplane No. 4082, operating off Killingholme, England, on 28 October 1918. Another plane carrying a crew of four men fell to the water from a considerable height and was wrecked, the occupants being pinned under the debris, and shortly afterwards the gasoline, which covered the surface of the water, took fire. Plane No. 4082 immediately made a landing close to the wreck, and Lieutenant (j.g.) McCann dove overboard and came up in the midst of the burning gasoline, seeking to rescue the men of the wrecked plane. He continued diving, completely disregarding the danger to himself and only desisted when it was certain that nothing was to be accomplished by continuing longer.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCCOMB, M. B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to M. B. McComb, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CHRISTOBEL, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted, against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an engagement with an enemy submarine on 21 May 1918, as a result of which the convoy under escort of the CHRISTOBEL was protected and the submarine so completely disabled that she was compelled to intern at Santander, Spain, for the remainder of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


*MCCRISAKEN, JOSHUA B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Joshua B. McCrisaken, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while seriously ill with influenza on board the U.S.S. MARIETTA in October 1918. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class McCrisaken refused to give up and continued to care for the sick until he himself died on 14 October 1918.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCCULLOUGH, R. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. P. McCullough, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LYTONIA, in an attack on 8 May 1918, in company with H.M.S. BASILISK, on an enemy submarine, as a result of which the submarine was destroyed.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCCULLY, N. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to N. A. McCully, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as District Commander, Rochefort, in successfully handling naval activities in France south of the Loire River and safeguarding American convoys through the submarine zone.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCGOWAN, SAMUEL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Samuel McGowan, Rear Admiral (P.C.), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts in connection with the purchase of supplies, provisions, etc., for keeping the Navy on a war footing.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCKEAN, JOSIAH SLUTES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Josiah Slutes McKean, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ARIZONA, and later as Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Mount Hope, Ohio
Home Town: Canal Dover, Ohio


MCVAY, CHARLES B., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles B. McVay, Jr., Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA, operating in the war zone in association and cooperation with British Naval Forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MOFFETT, WILLIAM ADGER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William Adger Moffett, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commandant of the NINTH, TENTH, and ELEVENTH Naval Districts, and Commandant of the Great Lakes Training Station.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MORGAN, CASEY BRUCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Casey Bruce Morgan, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Force Transport Officer and Senior Member of the Staff of the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Force. Also as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. AGAMEMNON, engaged in transporting troops to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Augusta, Georgia
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


MURFIN, ORIN G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Orin G. Murfin, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in charge of the U.S. Mine Bases in Scotland. The extremely successful part played by the United States navy in the laying of the Northern Mine Barrage was very largely due to the pioneer work performed by Captain Murfin in the establishment of the bases and the development and administration of the industrial organization required.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


NELSON, C. P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to C. P. Nelson, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of Sub Chaser Detachment TWO, operating in the Adriatic, with base at Corfu, Greece, and as Commander of the sub chaser force which attacked Durazzo on 2 October 1918.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


NIBLACK, ALBERT PARKER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Albert Parker Niblack, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility Commander of the U. S. Naval Base at Gibraltar and of U. S. Naval Forces in the Western Mediterranean.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 255 (December 18, 1937)
Born: 7/25/1859 at Vincennes, Indiana


NICHOLS, DUDLEY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Dudley A. Nichols, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious service in inventing and developing an electric sweep essential to the successful sweeping of mines in the North Sea Barrage.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


O'CONNOR, CHARLES L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles L. O'Connor, Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service at the time of the torpedoing of the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON, on 5 September 1918, by remaining in a compartment and endeavoring to close a water-tight door which led into a bunker abaft the fireroom. This action showed great presence of mind and devotion to duty on the part of Chief Watertender O'Connor, without any thought of his own safety.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


PALMER, L. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to L. C. Palmer, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in connection with the recruiting, training, and organizing of a large naval personnel for war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


PARKS, CHARLES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles W. Parks, Rear Admiral (C.E.C.), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks in connection with the work of that Bureau.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


PLUNKETT, CHARLES PERSHALL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Pershall Plunkett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Director of Gunnery Exercises in connection with the training of Naval Personnel in gunnery in preparation for war, and also in connection with the development, organization and operation of a naval field battery for duty in land operations on the European battle front.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D. C.
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


PORTERFIELD, L. B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to L. B. Porterfield, Commander, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. VENETIA, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of escorting convoys through waters infested with submarines and mines, and especially for well-conducted operations against enemy submarines on 11 May 1918, 17 May 1918, and 22 July 1918, on the second of which occasion it is believed that the attacking submarine was severely damaged.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


POWELL, HALSEY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Halsey Powell, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PARKER, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an attack upon an enemy submarine on 3 August 1917, as a result of which the submarine is believed to have been seriously damaged.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


PRATT, WILLIAM VEAZIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William Veazie Pratt, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Captain Pratt's untiring energy and close cooperation with the Army in connection with its oversea movements of troops and supplies, and especially in the making up and routing of convoys, resulted in the successful movement of over 2,000,000 men without material loss of life.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 141 (September 27, 1930)
Born: 2/28/1869 at Belfast, Maine
Home Town: Belfast, Maine
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


PRINGLE, JOEL ROBERT POINSETT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. MELVILLE and Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotilla, European Waters.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 2/4/1873 at Georgetown, South Carolina


PURDY, F. G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to F. G. Purdy, Chief Carpenter, U.S. Navy, for distinguished and heroic service in the line of his profession on 17 September 1918, on the occasion of a fire on the U.S. Sub Chaser No. 59, at the Marine Basin, Brooklyn, New York. Two depth bombs of large size were on the Y gun aft, and six more on deck. Although the vessel was enveloped in flames, which were rising as high as the mastheads, Chief Carpenter Purdy, accompanied by four enlisted men, neither he nor the men accompanying him being attached to the ship, went on board without orders, and removed the bombs from the Y gun, these bombs being so hot that the paint on them was blistered.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


REYNOLDS, W. H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. H. Reynolds, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. CANANDAIGUA engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


ROBINSON, HENRY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Henry M. Robinson, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for extraordinary heroism on 11 January 1918, when with the rate of Machinist's Mate First Class, he was acting as Chief Engineer on the U.S.S. C-121. On that date, as a result of a back-fire from one of the engines, fire spread to an open can of gasoline. Machinist's Mate First Class Robinson, finding that he could not extinguish the fire, attempted to carry the burning can on deck. To do this it was necessary to climb a vertical ladder. In climbing this, he tripped and spilt burning gasoline on his clothing, in spite of which he persisted in his efforts, and succeeded in getting the can to the deck, where it could do no further harm. Being then a mass of flames, he jumped overboard into the river, which was filled with ice. He was picked up and taken to the Naval Hospital where he remained for six weeks.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


RODGERS, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to John Rodgers, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of a Division of Mine Sweepers engaged in the exacting and hazardous service of sweeping deep sea mines from the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


RODGERS, T. S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to T. S. Rodgers, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a Division Commander of the Atlantic Fleet and later in command of a Division of battleships operating in European waters.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


RODMAN, HUGH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Hugh Rodman, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Division NINE, United States Atlantic Fleet, which served with the British Grand Fleet as the SIXTH Battle Squadron.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 284 (August 31, 1940)
Born: 1/6/1859 at Frankfort, Kentucky


SATTERLEE, C. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to C. A. Satterlee, Captain, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TAMPAH, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


SCALES, A. H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. H. Scales, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. DELAWARE, operating in the war zone in association and cooperation with the British Grand Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


SIMS, WILLIAM SOWDEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William Sowden Sims, Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters in connection with the organization and operation of the U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters in the conduct of war operation.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: 10/15/1858 at Port Hope, Ontario, Canada


SPAFFORD, E. E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to E. E. Spafford, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Charge of operations at Base TWENTY-FIVE and as Hunt Commander of the Otranto Barrage; and later for especially able performance of important duty in charge of a sub chaser detachment sent out to investigate and report upon political and military conditions in the disturbed areas of the Adriatic coast.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


STARK, HAROLD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Harold R. Stark, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of a Squadron of small and old destroyers, hurriedly fitted out in the Philippines and dispatched to the Mediterranean at a season when the southwest monsoon was at its height. The trip was successfully made under Commander Stark's efficient leadership, in spite of many difficulties, in a time much shorter than had been considered possible, and the squadron arrived in the Mediterranean in excellent condition in time to take an active and efficient part in the anti-submarine campaign there, and in the Atlantic. For exceptionally meritorious service on the Staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces operating in European Waters.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


STEARNS, C. D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to C. D. Stearns, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ROANOKE, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


STRAUSS, JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Joseph Strauss, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of the Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, engaged in laying a mine barrage in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TAUSSIG, JOSEPH K., SR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Joseph K. Taussig, Sr., Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. WADSWORTH, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for a successful attack upon an enemy submarine on 29 July 1917.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TAYLOR, D. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to D. W. Taylor, Rear Admiral (C.C.), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TAYLOR, M. M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to M. M. Taylor, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. MAINE in the Atlantic Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TOBEY, E. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to E. C. Tobey, Captain (S.C.), U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on the Staff of the Commander of the United States Naval Forces operating in European Waters.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TOMB, J. H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to J. H. Tomb, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. AAROSTOOK, engaged in laying mines in the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TWINING, N. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to N. C. Twining, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility on the Staff of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


VAIL, WILLIAM T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to William T. Vail, Engineman Second Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in charge of the Armed Guard of the U.S.S. GEORGE G. HENRY, especially for heroic and excellent behavior, coolness, skill, and bravery under gunfire of a German submarine when the GEORGE G. HENRY was attacked on 29 September 1918. One shell entered the engine room, exploded and carried away a steam exhaust line, broke the gauge glasses on lubrication oil tanks and precipitated burning oil around the engine room. Engineman Second Class Vail, climbing an almost red hot ladder, closed the gauge valves, and was thereby seriously burned and scalded.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 282 (June 15, 1940)
Home Town: Ranger, Texas


VERNON, W. N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to W. N. Vernon, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CASSIN, engaged in the hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity, and especially for a successful engagement with a German submarine on 15 October 1917.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WARE, JAMES G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to James G. Ware, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRUXTON, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unrelentingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for his prompt daring, and resolute conduct upon the occasion of the burning of the steamship FLORENCE H, in Quiberon Bay on the night of 17 April 1918. The FLORENCE H was loaded with explosives, and within a few moments after the outbreak of the fire the ship was completely enveloped in flames and the water in the vicinity thickly covered with burning powder boxes, which from time to time exploded, scattering fire throughout the mass. Lieutenant Ware drove the TRUXTON into the burning mass and, assisted by small boats from other vessels in the harbor, succeeded in rescuing a large number of men who, but for the help so promptly and heroically extended, must have perished in the flaming wreckage.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WASHINGTON, THOMAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Thomas Washington, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. FLORIDA, operating in the war zone in association and cooperation with the British Grand Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WILEY, H. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to H. A. Wiley, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. WYOMING, operating in the war zone in association and cooperation with the British Grand Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WILLIAMS, CLARENCE S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Clarence S. Williams, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff to the Vice Admiral, Commanding Battleship Force TWO, of the Atlantic Fleet.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WILLIAMS, E. F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to E. F. Williams, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of the U.S.S. C-84, and Sub-Chaser Unit No. EIGHT. On 10 July 1918, an attack was made on an enemy submarine and depth charge delivered, and there is good evidence that the enemy submarine was badly damaged. In July 1918, Ensign Williams sighted a floating mine, and in order that it might not do damage to other ships he went personally in a boat and towed it to his ship, where he made it fast and towed it all night, ending by sinking it in the morning.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WILSON, HENRY B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Henry B. Wilson, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet, and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in France in successfully coordinating with the French Navy and in expeditiously handling transports and cargo ships in French ports.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Camden, New Jersey
Home Town: Camden, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


WINTERHALTER, ALBERT T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Albert T. Winterhalter, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as a member of the General Board in advising the Department upon many matters of great importance relating to the conduct of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WOLLESON, EDWIN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Edwin A. Wolleson, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in Command of a Division of Mine Sweepers engaged in the exacting and hazardous service of sweeping deep-sea mines from the North Sea.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WRIGHT, C. Q.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to C. Q. Wright, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and gallant service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. O-6, operating against enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast of the United States. On 7 August 1918, the O-6 having been mistaken for an enemy submarine was fired upon by a British merchant ship. Several shots from the merchant ship struck the O-6, which made a crash dive, in which, as a result of the hits received, the conning tower and 3-inch gun pit were flooded. Upon coming to the surface some time later, the O-6 was again taken for an enemy and fired upon, this time by the U.S.S. PAUL JONES. The courage and coolness with which Lieutenant Commander Wright handled his vessel under these very trying conditions undoubtedly saved the ship and crew.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)

 

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