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Recipients Of The
Navy Cross

6,924 Awards in History

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

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

 

Statistical Summary of Navy Cross Awards

 Event

USN

USMC

USCG

Army

USAF

Foreign

Civilian

TOTAL

 1st Haitian Campaign (1915-16)

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Dominican Campaign (1916-1918)

3

2

--

--

--

--

--

5

 Miscellaneous (1916-1917)

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

World War I (1917-1918)

 1,299

 392

36

12 

-- 100

--

1839

WW

Gillespie Plant Explosion (Oct 4, 1918)

--

--

12

--

--

 --

--

12

 I

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

  Era

Miscellaneous Awards (1917-1918)

1

--

--

--

--

--

--

1

 NC Trans-Atlantic Flights (1919)

14

 --

1

--

--

--

--

15

 2nd Haitian Campaign (1919-1920)

--

9

--

--

--

--

--

9

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

 Lake Denmark Fire (Jul 10, 1926) 

4

16

--

--

--

--

--

20

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

 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign (1927-1933)

13

100

--

--

--

--

--

113

 Byrd Expeditions (1929 & 1933)

4

4

--

--

--

--

--

8

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

 Panay Incident (Dec. 1937)

23

--

--

1

--

2

--

26

 Squalus Rescue (May 1939)

46

--

--

--

--

--

--

46

 Other Actions (1939 - 1942)

10

2

--

--

--

--

--

12

 World War II

2,889

1,030

6

4

10

19

1

3,959

 Korea

42

224

--

3

--

--

--

269

 Vietnam

125

363

--

1

--

2

--

491

 USS Liberty Incident

 2

 --

 --

 --

--

 --

 --

 2

 USS Pueblo  Incident

 --

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 SS Mayaguez

 --

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Grenada

--

1

--

--

--

--

--

1

 Just Cause (Panama)

 2

 --

 --

 --

--

 --

 --

 2

 Desert Storm

--

2

--

--

--

--

--

2

 War on Terror

6

17

--

--

--

--

--

23

 TOTALS

4,545

2,168

55

20

11

124

1

6,924

 

Alphabetical Index of Navy Cross Recipients

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - Y - Z
(C) Before a Name indicates Recipients for whom we have a Citation on File in the Citations Section.
(S) Before a Name indicates Recipients for whom we a brief synopsis, pending obtaining a citation.

 

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