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Full Text Citations For Award of
 
The Navy Cross
To Members of the U.S. Coast Guard  

55 Total Awards

World War I

BERRY, JOHN G.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Lydonia and USS Yamacraw
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John G. Berry, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Lydonia and the U.S.S. Yamacraw, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.
Home Town: Missouri

BILLARD, FREDERICK C.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Aphrodite
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Frederick C. Billard, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Aphrodite, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.
Birth: 9/22/1873 - Washington, DC
Home Town: Maryland

CARMINE, GEORGE C.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Algonquin
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George C. Carmine, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Algonquin, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

CHISWELL, BENJAMIN M.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Algonquin
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Benjamin M. Chiswell, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Algonquin, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

HENDERSON, ANDREW J.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Manning
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Andrew J. Henderson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Manning, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

HOWELL, CHARLES F.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Arcturus
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles F. Howell, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Arcturus, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

HUTSON, JOHN J.
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Wanderer
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John J. Hutson, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Wanderer, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

JACK, RAYMOND L.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Cythera
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Raymond L. Jack, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Cythera, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

JACOBS, WILLIAM V. E.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Niagara
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William V. E. Jacobs, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Niagara, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

MOLLOY, THOMAS M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Rambler
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas M. Molloy, First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Rambler, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

MUELLER, LEE C.
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Emmeline
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lee C. Mueller, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Emmeline, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

MUNTER, WILLIAM H.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Ossippee
Date of Action: September 3, 1917 - November 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William H. Munter, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Ossippee, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

REINBERG, LEROY
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Druid
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Leroy Reinberg, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Druid, escorting mercantile convoys in the Mediterranean Sea in waters infested with enemy submarines.

RIDGELEY, RANDOLPH, JR.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Yamacraw & USS Castine
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Randolph Ridgeley, Jr., Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Yamacraw and the U.S.S. Castine, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

ROACH, PHILIP F.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Manning
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Philip F. Roach, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Manning and the U.S.S. Lydonia, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

ROSE, EARL G.
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Rambler
Date of Action: 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Earl G. Rose, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Rambler, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.

WHEELER, WILLIAM J.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: April 25 & June 28, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William J. Wheeler, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Seneca, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, and especially for his prompt and judicious action upon two occasions of encounters with submarines, on April 25 and June 28, 1918.

Of 37 World War I awards of the Navy Cross to members of the US Coast Guard, nineteen were awarded for action on September 16, 1918 when members of the crew of the USS Seneca went to the aid of the Wellington, which had been badly damaged by a torpedo attack. First Lieutenant Fletcher W. Brown was sent from Seneca to survey the damage and then he and eighteen volunteers boarded Wellington and took charge of the ship. Most of Wellington's crew refused to stay and the Coast Guardsmen were left to man the pumps and the guns. Brown's crew and the remaining merchant seamen kept the flooding under control until a storm developed and the seas became extremely rough. Lieutenant Brown mustered all the men at the remaining lifeboat except for the radio operator and three men on the pumps. He decided to launch the lifeboat and have it ready in case the ship suddenly began to sink. The boat into the rough seas but the water the heavy weather carried it away from Wellington against all the efforts of those in the boat.

Brown remained on board with eleven Coast Guardsmen and five merchant sailors. They had no lifeboat on a sinking ship in stormy seas. The radio operator began signaling for help while others in the crew signaled with flares from the deck. The remaining men began to construct rafts as the bow settled . The destroyer Warrington answered the rockets as Wellington began to list rapidly. Lieutenant Brown ordered the ship to be abandoned. Shortly thereafter the boilers exploded and Wellington quickly sank before Warrington arrived. Ten of Seneca's men died. All of the Coast Guardsmen living and dead were awarded the Navy Cross. British Rear Admiral Grant remarked that "Lt. Brown and the gallant volunteers set an example worthy of the highest traditions of any Service or any Nation."

*BEST, WILLIAM H.
Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William H. Best, Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

BROWN, FLETCHER W.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Fletcher W. Brown, First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished and heroic service in the line of his profession as officer of the U.S.S. Seneca in volunteering to lead a party of men to board the British steamer Wellington, following the torpedoing of that vessel on September 16, 1918, and her abandonment by her crew. Lieutenant Brown and the men form Seneca's crew, with a few of the original crew of the Wellington, persisted heroically in their attempt to save the Wellington, and finally abandoned the ship only when she was on the point of sinking in a heavy sea.

CHRISTY, GEORGE M.
Oiler Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George M. Christy, Oiler Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*ELAM, RUSSELL
Cook, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Russell Elam, Cook, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Maryland

GORMAN, RAYMOND J.
Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Raymond J. Gorman, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

GRIMSHAW, DANIEL E.
Machinist First Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Daniel E. Grimshaw, Machinist First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*MARVELLE, PAUL LEB
Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Paul Leb Marvelle, Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Massachusetts

MASON, MORRILL C.
Electrician Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Morrill C. Mason, Electrician Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*NEVENS, JAMES J.
Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James J. Nevens, Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Connecticut

*NEWBURY, CARL S.
Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Carl S. Newbury, Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: CT

OHRLEIN, ANTHONY
Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Anthony Ohrlein, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

OSBORN, JAMES C.
Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James C. Osborn, Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*OVESEN, MARTIN M.
Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Martin M. Ovesen, Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Denmark

PEDERSEN, JORGE A.
Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Jorge A. Pedersen, Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*PRIME, WILLIAM HEERMANCE
Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William Heermance Prime, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: New York

RYAN, MICHAEL J.
Machinist First Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Michael J. Ryan, Machinist First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.

*STELLENWERF, MERTON
Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Merton Stellenwerf, Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: New York

*TINGARD, RAYMOND H.
Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Raymond H. Tingard, Watertender, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Connecticut

*ZULEGER, AUGUST
Assistant Master At Arms, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Seneca
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to August Zuleger, Assistant Master At Arms, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of crew of the U.S.S. Seneca in an attempt to save the coal-laden steamer Wellington after that vessel had been torpedoed on September 16, 1918 Immediately after the ship was torpedoed she was abandoned by her crew. Volunteers were called from the Seneca. He was one of the eighteen who volunteered although there was a high sea running and it was known she was in danger also of further submarine attack. The vessel was kept afloat for some hours but finally sunk. Of the eighteen men who volunteered, only eight men who volunteered, only eight were rescued, the others being drowned.
Home Town: Wisconsin

 

Gillespie Plant Explosion

Twelve Coast Guardsmen received Navy Crosses for heroic actions in the 2-day period following an explosion at the T. A. Gillespie Company munitions yard in Morgan, NJ on October 4, 1918. These were World War I "Era" awards for heroism at home when Coast Guardsmen from Perth Amboy responded to deal with fires and continuing explosions.  When fire threatened a trainload of TNT, these men repaired the track and moved the train a safe distance to prevent further disaster.  Two Coast Guardsmen were killed in this heroic effort. In addition to those who earned Navy Crosses, other awards were presented to many of the men involved.

 

BENNETT, CLIFFORD F.
Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Clifford F. Bennett, Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the Gillespie shell-loading plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918. While the explosions were still continuing, Bennett drove a motor car on trip after trip through a barrage of flying shell splinters, carrying out the wounded and dead and carrying in guards. Although the door of his car was blown off and the car riddled, he persisted in his work throughout the night.

BENNETT, WILLIAM S.
Keeper, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William S. Bennett, Keeper, U.S. Coast Guard, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service during the explosion and fire of the shell-loading plant Gillespie, at Morgan, N.J., October 4 to 5, 1918 Bennett remained in charge in a very dangerous zone with shell fragments flying in the vicinity, standing bravely at his post for hours and hours.

BIRKETT, FREDERICK J., III
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Frederick J. Birkett, III, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for heroic service in connection with the explosion of the shell-loading plant [T. A. Gillespie], Morgan, N.J., where he personally took charge of rescue work and continued throughout the night while under constant fire from a barrage of shell splinters.

CAVESTON, WILLIAM F.
Bugler, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William F. Caveston, Bugler, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in moving a train of nine cars loaded with T.N.T. from the danger zone when it was not known at what moment further explosions might be expected.

GRIMES, JOHN O.
Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John O. Grimes, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in moving a train of nine cars loaded with T.N.T. from the danger zone when it was known at what moment further explosions might be expected.

HEARON, JESSE G.
Keeper, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Jesse G. Hearon, Keeper, U.S. Coast Guard, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service during the explosion and fire of the shell-loading plant Gillespie, at Morgan, N.J., October 4 to 5, 1918 Hearon remained in charge in a very dangerous zone with shell fragments flying in the vicinity, standing bravely at his post for hours and hours.

HORTON, ALBERT V.
Quarter Master, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Albert V. Horton, Quarter Master, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie shell-loading plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in assisting in the removal from the danger zone of valuable carloads of high explosives within close proximity to exploding ammunition dumps.

NOBLE, FRANCES M.
Master At Arms, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Frances M. Noble, Master At Arms, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in moving a train of nine cars loaded with T.N.T. from the danger zone when it was known at what moment further explosions might be expected.

RYAN, HARRY J.
Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Harry J. Ryan, Coxswain, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie plant on October 4 and 5, 1918, in moving a train of nine cars loaded with T.N.T. from the danger zone when it was known at what moment further explosions might be expected.

STIKA, JOSEPH E.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph E. Stika, First Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for heroic conduct on the occasion of the fire at he shell-loading, Morgan, N.J., when, with others, he moved a train loaded with high explosives to a place of safety through an area where fire was liable to break out at any moment.
Birth: 9/21/1889 - Milwaukee, WI
Home Town: Kewaunee, WI

WALSH, WILLIAM V.
Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William V. Walsh, Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in moving a train of nine cars loaded with T.N.T. from the danger zone when it was known at what moment further explosions might be expected.

WRIGHT, CHARLES L.
Gunner, U.S. Coast Guard
New York Division
Date of Action: October 4 & 5, 1918
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles L. Wright, Gunner, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism on the occasion of the explosion of the T. A. Gillespie shell-loading plant on Oct. 4 and 5, 1918, in assisting in the removal from the danger zone of valuable carloads of high explosives within close proximity to exploding ammunition dumps.

 

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STONE, ELMER FOWLER
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Seaplane NC-4,
Date of Action: May 8 - 27, 1919
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Elmer Fowler Stone, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as member of the crew of seaplane NC-4, in making the first successful trans-Atlantic flight.
Birth: 1/27/1887 - Livingstone, NY
Home Town: Norfolk, VA

 

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CLARK, PAUL LEAMAN
Fireman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. Joseph T. Dickman
Date of Action: November 8 - 11, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Paul Leaman Clark, Fireman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism while serving as engineer of a landing boat attached to the U.S.S. Joseph T. Dickman during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from November 8 to 11, 1942. When a hostile plane strafed his boat with machinegun fire, mortally wounding the bow man and severely injuring the coxswain, Clark with quick initiative immediately withdrew from the beach. Speeding toward the U.S.S. Palmer, he placed the wounded men aboard and, although his craft was riddled by enemy bullets, courageously returned to his station at the beach and completed his boat's mission.
Home Town: New Jersey

EVANS, RAYMOND J.
Chief Signalman, U.S. Coast Guard
1st Battalion (Attached), 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 27, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Raymond J. Evans, Chief Signalman, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as a member of the crew of a Higgins boat assisting in the rescue of a group of Marines surrounded by enemy Japanese forces on a beachhead of Guadalcanal, Solomons Islands, on September 27, 1942. Although he knew that his boat was to be used for the purpose of drawing enemy fire away from other craft evacuating the trapped Marines, Evans, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, volunteered as a member of the crew. Gallantly remaining at his post during the entire evacuation and with every other member of his crew killed or wounded, he maintained control of the boat with one hand on the wheel and continued to fire his automatic machine gun with the other, until the last boat cleared the beach. By his great personal valor, skill and outstanding devotion to duty in the face of grave danger, he contributed directly to the success of his mission by saving the lives of many who otherwise might have perished.
Birth: Bellingham, WA
Home Town: Seattle, WA

GILL, WARREN CALAVAN
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. LST 357
Date of Action: July 10, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Warren Calavan Gill, Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism in action as Officer in Charge of small boats for the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy. Lieutenant (junior grade) Gill, while directing the lowering of small boats from U.S.S. LST 357, which was under enemy fire, was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds he continued with utmost intrepidity to efficiently carry on his duty as commander of the assault flotillas, giving last-minute instructions to the officers and crews. He then collapsed and his injuries were found to be so severe that many months of hospitalization will be required for recovery. Lieutenant (junior grade) Gill's heroism was an inspiration to all officers and men of the flotilla. Because of this and the patient and thorough instruction he had carried out in the landing technique throughout the training periods and the landings in Algeria and Sicily, the performance of this boat in the assault was most admirable.
Home Town: Oregon

HIRSHFIELD, JAMES A.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Escort Group A-3, U.S.S. Campbell
Date of Action: February 22, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James A. Hirshfield, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism in line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the USCG Campbell during action against an enemy submarine on February 22, 1943. Surprising the hostile undersea craft on the surface during escort operations, Commander Hirshfield, in a quick attempt to ram, collided with the vessel and destroyed it in a fierce attack by depth charges and point-blank fire. Although painfully wounded by flying shell splinters, he gallantly remained in command throughout the action and during the subsequent period while the Campbell was towed safely into port with several prisoners from the sunken submarine.
Home Town: San Antonio, TX

JESTER, MAURICE D.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Icarus
Date of Action: May 9, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Maurice D. Jester, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Icarus during a successful action on May 9, 1942, with an enemy German submarine. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

WALSH, QUENTIN R.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Naval Forces (Europe)
Date of Action: June 9, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Quentin R. Walsh, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of a U.S. Naval party reconnoitering the naval facilities and naval arsenal at Cherbourg June 26 and 27, 1944. While in command of a reconnaissance party, Commander Walsh entered the port of Cherbourg and penetrated the eastern half of the city, engaging in street fighting with the enemy. He accepted the surrender and disarmed 400 of the enemy force at the naval arsenal and later received unconditional surrender of 350 enemy troops and, at the same time, released 52 captured U.S. Army paratroopers.
Birth: 2/2/1910 - Providence, RI
Home Town: Denton, MD

 

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