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The Navy Distinguished Service Medal
 U.S. Navy - Interim 1918 - 1942  

 

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

 

COLE, CYRUS W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Cyrus W. Cole, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Officer in Charge of the rescue and salvage operations of the U.S.S. SQUALUS from 23 May 1939 to 15 September 1939. By his efficient administration, exceptional ability in planning the operations and his untiring energy in the rescue of the survivors and the salvage of the stricken submarine, Rear Admiral Cole displayed leadership and perseverance of the highest order.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 278 (February 10, 1940)


DYSON, CHARLES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles W. Dyson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility in charge of the Design Division of the Bureau of Engineering and particularly for the design of the propellers of the aircraft carriers U.S.S. SARATOGA and U.S.S. LEXINGTON, and of many other naval vessels which have been made by him personally and which have proven very successful on trials. Rear Admiral Dyson, as a result of his ability, study and application, is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the world in the field of propeller design. During his long years of service in the Navy he has given it, without stint, the benefit of his knowledge and experience and the success of the machinery installations of many of our vessels is due to his thought and effort.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 105 (June 1, 1929)


ENGLISH, R. A. J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to R. A. J. English, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the S.S. BEAR OF OAKLAND during the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II. Through his efficient and conscientious performance of duty, Lieutenant English contributed greatly to the success of the Expedition.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 229 (November 30, 1935)


MOMSEN, CHARLES B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles B. Momsen, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service to the government in the successful development of the escape device known as the "Lung". During the early stages of its design and development Lieutenant Momsen, one of the inventors, courageously, repeatedly and voluntarily risked his life in conducting experiments of a nature such that there was little or no information available as to their probable results. In the later tests of the device when escapes were made from the U.S.S. S-4 submerged to depth as much as 206 feet, Lieutenant Momsen was not only the first person to venture the escape but was also the leading and guiding spirit in all subsequent ones. It is through the initiative, courage and perseverance of Lieutenant Momsen that the development of the "Lung", which has been pronounced as the greatest single contribution to Submarine escape, has reached a successful conclusion and the device has been adopted as part of the regular equipment of all our submarines.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 104 (May 18, 1929)


POWERS, PATRICK F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Patrick F. Powers, Chief Boatswain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility while serving on board the U.S.S. Blackhawk. Chief Boatswain Powers closed a valve through which gasoline was escaping into a fire which might have resulted in serious damage to the entire ship and possible loss of life. The action of Chief Boatswain Powers was above and beyond the actual call of duty and was taken at great personal risk.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 166 (October 31, 1931)


READ, A. C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to A. C. Read, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the development of U.S. Naval Aviation, and especially for his achievement in making the first trans-Atlantic flight in the NC-4.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


TIBBALS, CLARENCE L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Clarence L. Tibbals, Chief Gunner, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service to the government in the successful development of the escape device known as the "Lung". During the early stages of its design and development Chief Gunner Tibbals, one of the inventors, furnished much of the information needed in the design of the "Lung" from the knowledge gained during his long years of experience as an expert deep sea diver and, later, during the first tests of the apparatus he repeatedly, courageously and voluntarily performed feats at great personal risk in order to prove the correctness of the theory and construction of the apparatus. When the practicability of the apparatus was being tested he made many escapes, and assisted others in making escapes, from the U.S.S. S-4 submerged to depths as much as 206 feet. It is in a large measure, due to the knowledge, courage and high sense of duty of Chief Gunner Tibbals that the development of the "Lung", which has been pronounced the greatest single contribution to Submarine escape, has reached a successful conclusion and the device has been adopted as part of the regular equipment of all of our submarines.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 104 (May 18, 1929)

 

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