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WORLD WAR II

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World War II Marine Corps Silver Star Citations
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BROWN, JULIAN P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Julian P. Brown (0-114), , U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving on the Staff of the Task Force Commander during the period 6 December 1941 through 14 June 1942, in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
Other Award: 2@ Silver Stars (WWI), Navy Cross (Nicaragua)

CRABTREE, LUTHER C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Luther C. Crabtree (500560), , U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with a Marine rifle company on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 February to 26 March, 1945. On 13 March, when the advance of his company was held up by rifle and grenade fire from a series of caves to the front, Corporal Crabtree, utterly disregarding his own safety, ran forward of the front lines and destroyed two cave positions with demolitions. Again on 15 March, disregarding enemy machine gun fire from caves to the front, he ran through the front lines and attacked cave positions with satchel charges, destroying three cave positions and making possible the advance of his company. His daring execution of these dangerous missions and his constant courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home of Record: Ohio

*CROW, JOE R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joe R. Crow (488583), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Demolition Squad Leader, serving with Company C, Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 20 February 1945. Leading his squad through intense automatic fire from the concealed enemy in a relentless assault on three mutually supporting Japanese pillboxes, Sergeant Crow succeeded in reaching his objective despite two casualties and, skillfully maneuvering his men to destroy two of the hostile emplacements, annihilated the third before he fell, mortally wounded by an enemy sniper. His expert leadership and relentless fighting spirit in the accomplishment of this daring mission contributed materially to a two-hundred yard advance on Mount Suribachi by his company and reflect the highest credit upon Sergeant Crow and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

DIDOMENICO, FRED L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred L. DiDomenico (461128), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 1 November 1943. Unhesitatingly volunteering to take part in an attempt to silence enemy gun emplacements threatening the advance of an infantry battalion, Private First Class DiDomenico courageously proceeded under intense hostile fire and, with several comrades, attacked and destroyed seven vital enemy positions, killing fourteen Japanese and driving out numerous others. Ordered to return to the command post with captured military documents, he worked his way over difficult jungle terrain swept by hostile machine guns and delivered the papers, subsequently rejoining his comrades in continued attacks against the Japanese. Private First Class DiDomenico's daring initiative and valiant conduct in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*DURFEE, CHARLES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Durfee (0-8324), 0-8324, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. Landing on Saipan in the face of terrific fire from Japanese guns, Captain Durfee quickly reorganized the units of his rifle company and advancing inland secured the beachhead in his sector. When attacked by intense fire from enemy tanks and infantry, he effectively directed the defenses of this position and then led his company in an offensive against Hill 790, where he encountered a hostile emplacement that seriously affected the consolidation of his position. Personally directing the close range fire of his supporting tanks against the enemy troops in holes and caves, Captain Durfee was mortally wounded by Japanese fire. By his superb leadership and great personal valor, he had contributed materially to the success of a vital campaign. His daring initiative and heroic conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac Serial 12714 (July 30, 1945)
Born: at Morristown, North Dakota
Home of Record: Reeder, North Dakota
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWII)

*GREER, CHARLES RAYMOND
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Charles Raymond Greer (266422), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for gallantry in action in the Philippine Islands on 29 December 1941. Private First Class Greer and Private Katchuck (USMC), braved enemy bombing and strafing to transport to a hospital two wounded men who had been abandoned in a truck when Japanese planes appeared. Observing the danger to which the wounded men were exposed when the truck driver left his vehicle, Greer and Katchuck promptly quit their shelter and volunteered to take the casualties to the hospital. Disregarding falling bombs and hostile aerial machine gunning en route, and concerned primarily with the completion of his volunteer mission, Private First Class Greer drove the truck to its destination. Private Katchuck assisted in transporting the casualties and aided in locating two medical officers at the hospital, turned over the casualties, and then returned to his post. The gallant actions of Private First Class Greer and Private Katchuck were instrumental in avoiding the possibility of further injury or death to the wounded men.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 302 (May 1942)
Home of Record: Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

KATCHUCK, ALEXANDER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to Alexander Katchuck (311600), Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for gallantry in action in the Philippine Islands on 29 December 1941. Private First Class Greer and Private Katchuck (USMC), braved enemy bombing and strafing to transport to a hospital two wounded men who had been abandoned in a truck when Japanese planes appeared. Observing the danger to which the wounded men were exposed when the truck driver left his vehicle, Greer and Katchuck promptly quit their shelter and volunteered to take the casualties to the hospital. Disregarding falling bombs and hostile aerial machine gunning en route, and concerned primarily with the completion of his volunteer mission, Private First Class Greer drove the truck to its destination. Private Katchuck assisted in transporting the casualties and aided in locating two medical officers at the hospital, turned over the casualties, and then returned to his post. The gallant actions of Private First Class Greer and Private Katchuck were instrumental in avoiding the possibility of further injury or death to the wounded men.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 302 (May 1942)
Home of Record: Oakland, California

LOFTIS, WALLACE G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wallace G. Loftis, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 11 May 1945. While leading his platoon in an assault against a fanatically defended enemy position on commanding ground, Second Lieutenant Loftis was rendered unconscious and painfully wounded by an enemy mortar shell. After recovering consciousness, he continued the attack and led his men up to the right flank of the enemy, accounting for the death of the defenders and securing the position. Ordered them to assault the left flank of the ridge, he reorganized his platoon and led his men forward in the face of almost continual enemy fire. Skillfully directing his own fire and the fire of his men, Second Lieutenant Loftis materially aided in destroying the enemy force and in seizing the entire ridge, thereby contributing greatly to the success of friendly forces in the Okinawa operation. His gallant leadership and outstanding courage throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Alton, Virginia
Home of Record: Durham, North Carolina

LOFTIS, WALLACE GARLAND
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wallace Garland Loftis (0-37595), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 11 May 1945. While leading his platoon in an assault against a fanatically defended enemy position on commanding ground, Second Lieutenant Loftis was rendered unconscious and painfully wounded by an enemy mortar shell. After recovering consciousness, he continued the attack and led his men up to the right flank of the enemy, accounting for the death of the defenders and securing the position. Ordered then to assault the left flank of the ridge, he reorganized his platoon and led his men forward in the face of almost continual enemy fire. Skillfully directing his own fire and the fire of his men, Second Lieutenant Loftis materially aided in destroying the enemy force and in seizing the entire ridge, thereby contributing greatly to the success of friendly forces in the Okinawa operation. His gallant leadership and outstanding courage throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Board Serial 867, Approved February 20, 1956
Born: at Alton, Virginia
Home of Record: Durham, North Carolina

POWERS, CHARLES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Powers (401644), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, during the Battle of Piva Forks, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, from 18 to 26 November 1943, as body guard and escort for the Regimental Catholic Chaplain. Sergeant Powers courageously remained with the assault troops at the front lines throughout the entire engagement, exposing himself continuously to intense enemy rifle, machine gun, artillery and mortar fire while locating the wounded and in protecting and assisting the chaplain in conducting last rites and rendering aid and comfort to the wounded. On several occasions, he unhesitatingly proceeded beyond combat lines in a valiant attempt to locate the dead and injured, subsequently guiding and assisting stretcher bearers through dense jungle undergrowth and in the evacuation of casualties. On 25 November when the chaplain was attacked while evacuating a wounded Marine, Sergeant Powers destroyed the attackers. Sergeant Powers' great personal valor and devotion to duty undoubtedly saved the lives of many men and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

ROOSEVELT, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to James R. Roosevelt (0-5477), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for gallantry in action while serving as Intelligence and War Plans Officer, Amphibious Training Command, Pacific Fleet, and attached to the 27th Infantry Division (U.S. Army), at Makin Atoll, during the period 20 to 23 November 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt voluntarily sought out the scene of the heaviest fighting. Throughout the three-day period, he continually accompanied the landing elements of the assault, exposing himself to constant danger. His calmness under fire and presence among the foremost elements of the attacking force was a source of inspiration to all ranks.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Central Pacific Area, General Orders Number 55 (1944)
Born: December 23, 1907 at New York, New York
Home of Record: Beverly Hills, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWII)

SHAPLEY, ALAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alan Shapley (0-4272), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for gallant and courageous conduct during the attack on the United States Pacific Fleet by enemy Japanese forces in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, while on board the U.S.S. ARIZONA (BB-39), on 7 December 1941. While swimming toward Ford Island after his ship had been bombed and set afire by the enemy, Major Shapley noticed a shipmate in distress in the water and about to go under. With no thought for his own safety, he braved the hazards of continuous enemy strafing and bombing to swim to the assistance of his helpless shipmate and, although exhausted himself, persisted in his efforts until he finally succeeded in bringing him safely ashore. His heroic action, performed at great peril to his own life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 308 (November 1941)
Born: at New York, New York
Home of Record: New York, New York

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