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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 NAVY CROSS
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EARLY, ALEXANDER RIEMAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alexander Rieman Early, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. CANBERRA (CA-70), in action against the enemy on 13 and 16 October 1944, off Formosa. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: September 11, 1892 at Catonsville, Maryland
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland

EARNEST, ALBERT KYLE
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Albert Kyle Earnest, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from Naval Air Station Midway during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. In the first attack against an enemy carrier of the Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Earnest pressed home his attack in the face of withering fire from enemy Japanese fighters and anti-aircraft forces. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Born: April 1, 1917 at Richmond, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

EARNEST, ALBERT KYLE
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Albert Kyle Earnest, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from Naval Air Station Midway during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Having completed an unsupported torpedo attack in the face of tremendous enemy fighter and anti-aircraft opposition, Ensign Earnest, himself wounded and his gunner dead, made his return flight in a plane riddled by machine gun bullets and cannon shell. With his compass and Bombay doors inoperative, one wheel of his landing gear unable to be extended and his elevator-control shot away, he was forced to fly by expert use of his elevator trimming tabs some 200 miles back to Midway where he negotiated a safe one-wheel landing. Fully aware of the inestimable importance of determining the combat efficiency of a heretofore unproven plane, Ensign Earnest doggedly persisted in spite of tremendous hazards and physical difficulties. His great courage and marked skill in handling his crippled plane were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Born: April 1, 1917 at Richmond, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

EARNEST, ALBERT KYLE
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Albert Kyle Earnest, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), in action on 16 and 22 September 1942, and 9 to 12 October 1942, while deployed over the Solomon Islands. As part of a composite striking force which launched an attack against hostile surface units about 150 miles northwest of Guadalcanal, Lieutenant (junior grade), Earnest contributed to the scoring of a torpedo hit on a Japanese cruiser. On 22 September, together with two other torpedo bombers, he glide-bombed enemy installations at Cape Esperance. On 9 October, in a striking force operating 140 miles northwest of Guadalcanal, he obtained a direct hit which put a heavy cruiser out of action. On 10 and 12 October he participated in air raids against Japanese naval units which resulted in another hit on an enemy warship about 165 miles off Guadalcanal. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty, maintained at great risk in the face of grave danger, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: April 1, 1917 at Richmond, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

EASON, VAN VERNON, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Van Vernon Eason, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against enemy Japanese forces west of the Marianas Islands, during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944. By his airmanship and cool courage in the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant Eason contributed materially to the infliction of extensive and costly damage on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive engagement and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 27, 1919 at Columbus, Mississippi
Home Town: Marks, Mississippi

EASTMOND, RICHARD TAYLOR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Taylor Eastmond, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron ONE (VF-1), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action on 19 June 1944, while deployed over the Marianas Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 18, 1920 at Provo, Utah
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah

EATON, JOHN M., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John M. Eaton, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Ground Officer of Patrol Squadron TWENTY-ONE (VP-21), temporarily based at the Naval Air Station, Midway Island, during the attack by Japanese naval forces on the night of 7 December 1941. When devastating hostile gunfire damaged or destroyed several Catalina flying boats, the hangar and other installations, Ensign Eaton organized a crew of untrained civilian workmen and, without benefit of tractors and lines, ingeniously directed the launching of heavily overloaded aircraft. In the cold water of the lagoon and on a ramp which was flooded with gasoline from damaged airplanes and lighted by conflagration nearby, he valiantly and resolutely continued his work without regard for his safety until all Catalinas capable of flight had been launched. Although completely unfamiliar with aviation, Ensign Eaton, by his courageous initiative and tenacious determination, successfully executed this highly technical operation and thereby undoubtedly contributed to the Japanese abandonment of their attack, consequently saving the islands from more extensive damage. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: March 26, 1918 at Boston, Massachusetts
Home Town: Concord, Massachusetts

*EATON, MAXWELL A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Maxwell A. Eaton, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), in action during the occupation of French Morocco, 8 to 11 November 1942. Launching a vigorous dive-bombing raid on hostile surface units in the vicinity of Casablanca on 8 November, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eaton, under a bursting hail of anti-aircraft shells, scored a direct 500-pound bomb hit on a light cruiser. On another flight, he volunteered for and brilliantly executed an individual dive-bombing attack on an antiaircraft battery, which he succeeded in silencing. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eaton's performance of duty was highly instrumental in reducing the resistance of the hostile forces and thereby greatly assisted the final occupation of the Casablanca area. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Born: March 15, 1915 at Wakefield, Massachusetts
Home Town: Wakefield, Massachusetts

*EBERT, HILAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Hilan Ebert, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Engineering Officer aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. NORTHAMPTON (CA-26), after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. Stationed in the after engine room a the time the Northampton was torpedoed and set afire, Lieutenant Commander Ebert persistently carried out his duties despite the fact that his station, immediately after the explosion, became flooded with oil and water. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Ebert throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: March 21, 1903 at Alliance, Ohio
Home Town: Alliance, Ohio

EBERT, WALTER G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walter G. Ebert, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SCAMP (SS-277), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 2 September 1943 to 1 October 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Bismarck Sea. During this aggressive patrol in enemy waters, Commander Ebert directed the fire of his ship with accuracy and splendid timing, causing the complete destruction of two valuable Japanese ships and a probable third. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Ebert brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 332 (November 1944)
Born: August 2, 1909 at Parkersburg, West Virginia
Home Town: Parkersburg, West Virginia

ECCLES, HENRY EFFINGHAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Henry Effingham Eccles, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. JOHN D. EDWARDS (DD-216), in action against enemy Japanese naval forces at Badoeng Straits off the Island of Bali, Netherlands East Indies, on the night of 19 - 20 February 1942. Commander Eccles delivered a well-directed and gallant attack by gun and torpedo fire against a vastly superior force of enemy vessels. Although the ship which he commanded was illuminated by the enemy and under heavy fire, its fire scored several hits which damaged the enemy ships and silenced their fire. Commander Eccles' inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 31, 1898 at Bayside, New York
Home Town: Flushing, New York

ECKARD, HERBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Herbert Eckard, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINE (VF-9), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action on 11 May 1945, while deployed over Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

EDDY, IAN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ian C. Eddy, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. PARGO (SS-264), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 18 August 1943 to 6 October 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Commander Eddy engaged in an aggressive and successful patrol against Japanese shipping in the Pacific War Area during which, although operating against heavily escorted units, he launched a series of daring night surface attacks which sank or damaged much hostile shipping. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Eddy brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 332 (November 1944) & 342 (September 1945)
Born: June 10, 1906 at Saratoga Springs, New York
Home Town: Michigan City, Indiana

EDEN, VINT ELLIOTT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Vint Elliott Eden, Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Light Cruiser U.S.S. BOISE (CL-47), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: January 24, 1920 at Soldier, Kentucky
Home Town: Eadston, Kentucky

EDER, WILLARD ERNEST, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Willard Ernest Eder, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWO (VF-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces on 7 and 8 May 1942, in the Air Battle of the Coral Sea. With accurate understanding of his objective and bold perseverance in attaining it, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eder destroyed one Japanese fighter plane and courageously attacked several others. His high devotion to duty in the performance of a dangerous and difficult task contributed measurably to the defense of our forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 308 (November 1942)
Born: September 27, 1915 at Buffalo, Wyoming
Home Town: Buffalo, Wyoming

*EDGE, LAWRENCE LOTT
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence Lott Edge (0-074855), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese controlled waters of the Pacific, from 5 September to 8 November 19445. Despite intense enemy air and surface opposition, Commander Edge skillfully maneuvered his ship into a favorable position to launch four well-placed and brilliantly executed torpedo attacks and sink three enemy ships totaling 22,000 tons and damaged two additional vessels totaling 8.900 tons. In addition, he effectively conducted the rescue of two downed friendly aviators. A bold tactician, Commander Edge expertly avoided enemy countermeasures and brought his ship safely to port. His inspiring leadership and devotion to duty in the fulfillment of this hazardous patrol reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
CINCPAC, Serial 01155 (February 9, 1945)
Born: November 15, 1912 at Columbus, Georgia
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

*EDGE, LAWRENCE LOTT
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence Lott Edge (0-074855), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that vessel in the East China Sea Area from 6 April to 7 May 1945. Despite the constant danger of navigating in shoal waters and the possibility of aerial bombings and detection by shore-based enemy radar and patrol vessels, Commander Edge daringly penetrated enemy minefields and successfully performed a special mission in this area. In addition, he captured two enemy aviators while performing lifeguard duties and skillfully evaded severe enemy anti-submarine measures to bring his ship safe to port. His conduct throughout the entire mission was an inspiration to his officers and men and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CINCPAC, Serial 031326 (July 23, 1945)
Born: November 15, 1912 at Columbus, Georgia
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

*EDGE, LAWRENCE LOTT
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence Lott Edge (0-074855), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the EIGHTH War Patrol of that vessel in the Japanese Sea off the west coast of Honshu, Japan. Fully aware of the extreme dangers involved, Commander Edge left port in his veteran submarine on 28 May 1945, to conduct one of the First War Patrols to be made in this area. Boldly penetrating strong anti-submarine barriers, he entered the supposedly inviolable waters of the Japan sea and, with superb skill and daring, maneuvered the Bonefish into shallow, confined waters to launch his devastating torpedo attacks against enemy targets vital to the Japanese war effort. Striking with devastating speed and precision, Commander Edge succeeded in sending two valuable ships to the bottom despite strong hostile countermeasures. While continuing this smashing offensive, overwhelming counterattacks were encountered which caused the loss of this outstanding submarine and her gallant commanding officer. A forceful and inspiring leader, Commander Edge, by his brilliant seamanship, initiative and indomitable perseverance, maintained in the face of tremendous odds, contributed essentially to the infliction of extensive damage and destruction on the enemy during this urgent mission and to the success of our sustained drive to force the capitulation of the Japanese Empire. His courage and resolute devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself, his intrepid command and the United States Naval Service.
BdofAwdsSubPac, Serial 0508 (September 13, 1945)
Born: November 15, 1912 at Columbus, Georgia
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

EDMONDSON, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert F. Edmondson, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane in action on 8 May 1942, during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 13, 1917 at Brighton, Iowa
Home Town: Brighton, Iowa

EDWARDS, FREDERICK L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick L. Edwards, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Boarding Officer on board the Destroyer U.S.S. EBERLE (DD-430), when an enemy blockade runner was intercepted and destroyed on 10 March 1943, in the South Atlantic Ocean. When the EBERLE was ordered to put a boarding party on the hostile ship, Lieutenant Edwards courageously led his party to the runner and was the first to board her. In the face of grave danger from the rapidly spreading fires and explosion of demolition charges, he made an energetic and determined effort to salvage the ship and to obtain information of the enemy. Only after several explosions had rocked the vessel and she began to sink did he dive over the stern into the sea, from which he was later rescued. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: June 17, 1918 at Kinston, North Carolina
Home Town: Kingston, North Carolina

EDWARDS, JOHN PERRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Perry Edwards, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of an airplane, and for extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Although contact with the enemy meant almost certain destruction and despite the lack of any armament in this type plane, Ensign Edwards voluntarily piloted a JRS amphibian plane, equipped only with Springfield rifles, in search for and to obtain information of the enemy forces. Ensign Edwards' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 15, 1913 at Eureka, Kansas
Home Town: Paola, Kansas

*EDWARDS, THOMAS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Edwards (0-078719), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against Japanese forces on 7 and 8 May 1942, during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Edwards' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 30, 1914 at Dallas, Texas
Home Town: Wichita Falls, Texas

EDWARDS, WILLIAM C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William C. Edwards, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting-Bombing Squadron EIGHTY (VFB-80), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), on 16 February 1945, while deployed over Tokyo, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

EIKEL, ROBERT, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Eikel, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of an LCI(G), in action against the enemy on 26 June 1944, in the Pacific Theater of Operations. By his forceful leadership, indomitable determination and resourceful initiative in the face of shattering enemy fire, Lieutenant Commander Eikel contributed materially to the success of this extremely hazardous mission. His exceptional courage and valiant devotion to duty in the face of grave danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 27, 1906 at Houston, Texas
Home Town: Boerne, Texas

EILERS, DELBERT DALE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Delbert Dale Eilers, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Company Corpsman with the FIRST Marine Raider Battalion during an engagement with enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 - 14 September 1942. When his company was almost completely surrounded by the Japanese and under attack from all directions, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Eilers, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire to care for and evacuate the wounded. As a result of his dauntless courage and outstanding devotion to duty, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Eilers undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the injured who otherwise might have perished. His courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Born: October 9, 1920 at Virginia, Illinois
Home Town: Chandlerville, Illinois

*EISELE, GEORGE RAYMOND
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to George Raymond Eisele, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as a Gunner aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. Courageously refusing to abandon his gun in the face of an onrushing Japanese Torpedo Plane, Seaman Second Class Eisele, with cool determination and utter disregard for his own personal safety, kept blazing away until the hostile craft plunged out of the sky in a flaming dive and crashed on his station. His grim perseverance and relentless devotion to duty in the face of certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his own life in the defense of his country.
Born: May 15, 1923 at Gillette, Wyoming
Home Town: Sheridan, Wyoming

EISENHART, FRANCIS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis J. Eisenhart, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home his attack to low altitude in the face of accurate and intense antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eisenhart succeeded in scoring one of eight direct hits upon a Japanese aircraft carrier of CHITOSE class, in a strike so effectively disposed that the resulting successive hits upon this ship caused it's almost immediate sinking. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating antiaircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eisenhart contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pennsylvania

EISENHUTH, JOSEPH JULIAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Julian Eisenhuth, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eisenhuth contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 30, 1921 at Tunuicu, Cuba
Home Town: Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

EKAR, JOSEPH ANTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Anton Ekar, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Commander of the Ready Duty Patrol Plane, Fleet Air Detachment, San Diego, California, on 10 January 1942. Ensign Ekar accomplished the successful rescue at sea of Captain Graham E. Benson, USMC, and Corporal C. S. Pierson, USMC, who, after a forced landing of their plane, were adrift at sea in a small aviation emergency rubber boat. When the rescue boat he directed to their aid became disabled, he skillfully and courageously landed his plane in a very unfavorable sea and took off parallel to the swells without injury to any personnel or to his plane.
Born: March 17, 1913 at Chisholm, Minnesota
Home Town: Chisholm, Minnesota

EKSTROM, CLARENCE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clarence E. Ekstrom, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. SAVO ISLAND (CVE-78), in a surface engagement with a large task force of the Japanese Fleet near the Island of Samar in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Captain Ekstrom handled his ship at all times in a highly expert and seamanlike manner. By his courage, skill in combat, and determination, he gave encouragement to his officers and men and to his air personnel in a manner that caused his action to be largely instrumental in the defeat of the Japanese task force. Captain Ekstrom's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 341 (August 1945)
Born: March 17, 1913 at Waupaca, Wisconsin
Home Town: Waupaca, Wisconsin

*ELDEN, RALPH WALDO (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph Waldo Elden (0-070255), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Executive Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. HAMMANN (DD-412), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Midway on 6 June 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: July 10, 1907 at New York, New York
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

ELDER, ARTHUR G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur G. Elder, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Executive Officer and Pilot of a Navy PBY Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117), in action on 25 March 1945 while deployed over Saigon. On that date Lieutenant Elder conducted an attack on shipping in Saigon Harbor, French Indochina, and sank three large merchant vessels. Two escort vessels and 20 small merchant vessels were also heavily strafed despite intense antiaircraft fire thrown up by the escort vessels. Although Lieutenant Elder's aircraft was badly hit and several crewmen wounded, he managed to return to base, shooting down one enemy fighter on the way home. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

ELDER, ROBERT MARTIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Martin Elder, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Ensign Elder took part in dive-bombing attacks against Japanese naval forces in the Battle of Midway. Disregarding the extreme danger from intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition, he, vigorously and with heroic determination, pressed home his attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet thereby contributing in great measure to the glorious and decisive victory of our forces. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 15, 1918 at Lang, Saskatchewan, Canada
Home Town: Milwaukie, Oregon

*ELDRIDGE, JOHN, JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Eldridge, Jr. (0-061105), Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Commanding Officer of Scouting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VS-71), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-7), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 7 to 8 August 1942. Leading the first dive-bombing attack against hostile positions on the islands of Gavutu and Tanambogo, Lieutenant Commander Eldridge, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own safety, personally destroyed Japanese gun emplacements in front of the Marine Landing Area on Gavutu Island, thereby making possible a successful landing in that area. His proficient skill and timely effectiveness in directing the bombing of enemy gun positions, stores and dugouts, contributed materially to the seizure of the islands and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac Serial 25 (January 16, 1943)
Born: October 10, 1903 at Buckingham, Virginia
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

*ELDRIDGE, JOHN, JR.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Eldridge, Jr. (0-061105), Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VF-71), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area during the period 5 through 14 October 1942. Landing in an early morning flight against a Japanese seaplane base at Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel Island on 5 October, Lieutenant Commander Eldridge launched a vigorous attack, inflicting considerable damage on enemy float planes and anti-aircraft emplacements in spite of extremely adverse weather conditions. Returning to Guadalcanal after being rescued from a forced landing, he led several daring scout-bombing attacks against enemy ships, causing fires and, in one known instance, sinking a Japanese destroyer. His expert airmanship and outstanding devotion to duty contributed materially to the defense of our positions in this area.
ComSoPac, Serial 648 (February 26, 1943)
Born: October 10, 1903 at Buckingham, Virginia
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

ELINGS, WILLIAM ARTHUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Arthur Elings, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR (VT-84), embarked from the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), during an attack against the Japanese Battleship Yamato off Kyushu, Japan, on 7 April 1945. Displaying great skill and courage, Ensign Elings pressed home his torpedo attack and despite extremely intense antiaircraft fire from all caliber weapons on the battleship and the surrounding screen. His torpedo was one of thirteen dropped in a concerted attack by the squadron, which cored at least nine hits on the battleship almost simultaneously. Without flinching he carried his torpedo in to close range through adverse weather conditions and intense enemy fire which included the main batteries, contributing materially to the complete destruction of the capital ship a short time later. His courage, skill, determination and unswerving devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

ELLER, DONALD TEMPLE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald Temple Eller, Commander [then Commander], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BURNS (DD-588), during a War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese-controlled waters. Skillfully maneuvering his vessel to strike at enemy shipping, Captain Eller launched a bold, aggressive attack in the face of heavy and persistent hostile countermeasures, to sink an entire Japanese convoy including one tanker, one supply ship and two smaller craft. His inspiring leadership and devotion to the fulfillment of his hazardous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 28, 1906 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Petersburg, Virginia

*ELLIOTT, ROSS T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ross T. Elliott, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. EMMONS (DD-457), in action against the enemy on 6 April 1945. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

ELLIS, WILLIAM EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Edward Ellis, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane and Commanding Officer of Air Group EIGHTEEN (AG-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the Air Battle for Leyte Gulf from 24 to 26 October 24 1944. Commander Ellis directed and led the aircraft of his Group in strikes against the enemy task force with daring efficiency that resulted in the sinking of four enemy carriers, and the sinking or damaging of other ships. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 342 (September 1945)

ELLIS, WILLIAM STEPHEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Stephen Ellis, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), which was striking the Japanese home islands in the vicinity of Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. When the FRANKLIN was struck by enemy bombs which caused tremendous fires and explosions among a large number of fully armed and fueled planes both on the flight deck and in the hangar, Lieutenant Ellis led others into smoke and fire-gutted spaces below decks and succeeded in keeping certain auxiliary power plants in operation so that the ship was able to get underway. The conduct of Lieutenant Ellis throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 341 (August 1945)

*ELLISON, HAROLD J. (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Harold J. Ellison (0-104185), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Ellison resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: January 17, 1917 at Buffalo, New York
Home Town: Buffalo, New York

ELLISON, THOMAS BALLARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Ballard Ellison, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FIVE (VT-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ellison's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 28, 1914 at Nixon, Texas
Home Town: Stockdale, Texas

*ELY, ARTHUR VINCENT (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur Vincent Ely (0-075039), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane and Executive Officer of Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Participating in a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Ely pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Born: March 8, 1912 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Home Town: North Hollywood, California

*EMBREE, RALPH ARNOLD (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph Arnold Embree, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot and Acting Squadron Commander of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the occupation of French Morocco during the period 8 to 11 November 1942. Leading five flights of planes in vigorous dive-bombing raids against hostile warships and coastal defense batteries, Lieutenant Embree, courageously pressing home his attacks in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition, aided greatly in the infliction of severe damage upon the enemy. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: September 25, 1914 at Kemmerer, Wyoming
Home Town: Kemmerer, Wyoming

EMERSON, WILLIAM SIGGINS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Siggins Emerson, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINETEEN (VB-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Courageous and skillful in the face of enemy air opposition and extremely intense and continuous fire from hostile anti-aircraft batteries, Lieutenant Emerson boldly pressed home a hazardous dive-bombing attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier and accurately placing his bomb, scored a direct hit upon his target despite its desperate evasive tactics. A superb and intrepid airman, he contributed directly to the sinking of the enemy aircraft carrier and played a gallant part in strenuous aerial operations during this critical period of the Pacific War. Lieutenant Emerson's inspiring courage, daring tactics, and fearless devotion to duty in the face of hazardous flying conditions reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

EMIG, ALVIN FREDERICK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alvin Frederick Emig, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron NINETEEN (VB-19), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), during offensive air operations against enemy shipping on 5 November 1944, in Manila Bay on the Island of Luzon, of the Philippine Group. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Emig's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 4, 1920 at Shepard, Ohio
Home Town: West Jefferson, Ohio

ENGEN, DONALD DAVENPORT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald Davenport Engen, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession, in action against the enemy on 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: May 28, 1924 at Pomona, California
Home Town: Pasadena, California

ENGESET, KNUT (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Knut Engeset, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane, embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), in action from 7 December 1941 to 25 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 25, 1892 at Frederikstad, Norway
Home Town: San Pedro, California

ENGLISH, ELBERT HARTWELL, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Elbert Hartwell English, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-ONE (VF-81), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action on 17 February 1945, while deployed over Tokyo Bay. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 23, 1919 at Jefferson, Arkansas
Home Town: Sheridan, Arkansas

ENGLISH, OSCAR LEE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Oscar Lee English, Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. SMITH (DD-378), in action against the enemy during the operations of the U.S. Naval Forces north of the Santa Cruz, Islands, on 26 October 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: June 27, 1920 at Anderson, South Carolina
Home Town: Greer, South Carolina

ENGMAN, WILBUR JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilbur John Engman, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron ELEVEN (VT-11), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 13, 1914 at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota

ENRIGHT, JOSEPH F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph F. Enright, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ARCHERFISH (SS-311), during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese-controlled waters in the Pacific War Area, from 30 October to 15 December 1944. Quick to act when his ship contacted a high-speed Japanese Task Force on 28 November Commander Enright commenced an all-out pursuit, maneuvering his vessel at top speed to outdistance the zigzagging enemy aircraft carrier. After six hours of determined chase, he succeeded in bringing the submarine to a favorable attack position ahead and, submerging to attack, expertly directed his ship in penetrating the escort screen. Still undetected by the enemy, he launched a full torpedo salvo against the carrier to strike the target with four torpedoes and inflict severe damage which later sank the carrier. Although counterattacked by his victim's escorts, he skillfully evaded all hostile countermeasures and brought the Archer Fish safe to port. By his courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds, Commander Enright contributed materially to the success of his vessel in sinking the 72,000-ton Japanese carrier. His leadership and zealous devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 18, 1910 at Minot, North Dakota
Home Town: Bismarck, North Dakota

EPPLER, HAROLD J. W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold J. W. Eppler, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in the attack on major units of the Japanese fleet in Kure Harbor, Japan, consisting of battleships, carriers and heavy cruisers, on 24 July 1945. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

ERICKSON, FREDERICK LUTHER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick Luther Erickson, Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as Helmsman aboard U.S.S. LST FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE (LST-473), during operations against Lae, New Guinea, on 4 September 1943. Seaman First Class Erickson was severely wounded by the impact of a direct bomb hit which blew him out of the pilot house. Upon recovering consciousness he returned to his battle station, and, despite acute pain and waning strength, gamely endeavored to hold the stricken ship on her course until he was relieved by one of his shipmates. The conduct of Seaman First Class Erickson throughout this action contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 334 (January 1945)
Born: August 6, 1920 at Slater, Iowa
Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa

*ERICKSON, JOHN LONAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Lonam Erickson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SEVEN (VB-7), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sulu Sea in the Philippine Islands, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 24, 1916 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Town: New York, New York

ERSHLER, ARTHUR M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur M. Ershler, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron TWENTY-NINE (VC-29), embarked from the U.S.S. SANTEE (ACV-9), during the occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. When his plane was badly damaged by gunfire during a raid upon a convoy of hostile trucks, Lieutenant Ershler, although severely nauseated by escaping gasoline fumes, gamely continued his flight to an enemy airdrome where he damaged several planes by strafing and scored a direct bomb hit on a hangar. Subsequently pressing home aerial attacks against hostile troops and machine-gun emplacements, he contributed materially to the action which forced hostile troops to retire to new positions. Lieutenant Ershler's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: October 20, 1910 at Saugerties, New York
Home Town: Hudson, New York

ESDERS, WILHELM GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilhelm George Esders, Chief Aviation Pilot, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron THREE (VT-3), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. During participation in a Torpedo Plane assault on Japanese naval units, Ensign Esders, observing his Squadron Commander crash in flames, gallantly took the lead of the squadron and pressed home the attack to a point where it became relatively certain that the successful accomplishment of his mission would entail a great loss of life. Nevertheless, by his courageous initiative and aggressive leadership, he enabled his squadron to reach its objective and score several hits on enemy aircraft carriers. His loyal devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: October 11, 1914 at St. Joseph, Missouri
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida

ESTES, GEORGE GLEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Glen Estes, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron TEN (VS-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), on 25 August 1942, while deployed in the Solomon Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 19, 1915 at Memphis, Tennessee
Home Town: Franklin, Louisiana

ETCELL, GEORGE DANIEL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Daniel Etcell, Chief Shipfitter, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. While handling fires, flooding and damage control, Chief Shipfitter Etcell was ordered to determine whether a forward magazine group on his battleship, U.S.S. NEVADA, had been flooded. He unhesitatingly risked his life passing through hot water more than waist deep and heavy smoke in order to obtain the information. In this area he came upon an unconscious shipmate whom he carried to safety. The conduct of Chief Shipfitter Etcell throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 2, 1898 at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York

*ETHRIDGE, WALKER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Walker Ethridge, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of a Fighting Squadron embarked from the U.S.S. BATAAN (CVL-29), in action against the enemy on 5 May 1945, in the Pacific War Area. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

ETTINGER, RALPH D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ralph D. Ettinger, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane and Commanding Officer of Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VPB-121), in action against enemy Japanese forces off the coast of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 3 August 1945. When a downed American P-51 Pilot was found floating in the water near the enemy-occupied island of Sagami Nada, Lieutenant Ettinger, in company with another Patrol Plane of his squadron, engaged enemy aircraft that attempted to intercept a U.S. submarine attempting to recover the downed pilot. In this engagement Lieutenant Ettinger and his crew shot down two of the eight attacking enemy fighters, continuing on station and in aerial combat for forty minutes until the pilot was successfully recovered. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

EUBANK, JAMES V., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James V. Eubank, Jr., Commander [then Lieutenant Commander], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of a Naval Beach Battalion, during the amphibious assault on the West Coast of Italy, from 9 to 26 September 1943. During the first phases of the assault, Commander Eubank successfully established the battalion under his command on the beaches in the Gulf of Salerno and, skillfully organizing divisional beach activities, made complete and meticulous preparations for the expeditious disembarkation of the assault troops. Fearlessly directing beach operations under fierce enemy aerial and ground attack, he provided a steady flow of urgent supplies and equipment in support of our invasion forces during the critical maintenance period.
Born: August 19, 1910 at Lewisetta, Virginia
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida

EVANS, JOHN STANLEY, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Stanley Evans, Jr., Coxswain, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Landing Boat Coxswain embarked off the Transport Ship U.S.S. PRESIDENT JACKSON (AP-37), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 7 - 8 August 1942. Coxswain Evans conducted his boat, containing assault troops for action in the Solomon Islands, to a beach, disembarking and remaining ashore, then evacuating the wounded and the majority of the uninjured personnel to another island. Later, under vigorous shelling by Japanese machine guns and mortars, he carried injured survivors to a naval vessel and successfully led an assault wave of boats containing Marines against Tanambogo, thereby contributing to the landing on and capture of that island. The conduct of Coxswain Evans throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: September 11, 1917 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio

*EVANS, WILLIAM ROBINSON, JR. (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William Robinson Evans, Jr. (0-098626), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Evans resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: August 11, 1918 at Indianapolis, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana

*EVANS, WINFRED LORIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Winfred Lorin Evans, Chief Quartermaster, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. His grim perseverance and relentless devotion to duty in the face of certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his own life in the defense of his country.
Born: December 11, 1912 at Kansas City, Missouri

*EVARTS, MILO BURNELL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Milo Burnell Evarts, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Number 2 Turret Officer on board the Light Cruiser U.S.S. BOISE (CL-47), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. When fire broke out in the turret and the danger of subsequent explosion grew increasingly imminent, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Evarts, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, stood bravely by his post while the flames were being extinguished by fire-fighting parties. Carrying on to the very last, he finally succumbed in the officers' booth, where his body was found with one hand still on the telephone. His courageous dedication to duty, maintained with unyielding determination to the very instant of his death, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.
Born: September 3, 1919 at Ruthton, Minnesota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota

EVERDELL, ROMEYN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Romeyn Everdell, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Everdell contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 24, 1920 at New York, New York
Home Town: Manhassett, Long Island, New York

*EVERSOLE, JOHN THOMAS (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Thomas Eversole (0-081215), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Participating in a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eversole pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Born: April 17, 1915 at Pocatello, Idaho
Home Town: Pocatello, Idaho

EWEN, EDWARD COYLE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Edward Coyle Ewen, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE (CVL-22), in action against the enemy during September and October 1944. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: May 26, 1897 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Home Town: Dorchester, Massachusetts

EWOLDT, LEONARD EMIL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Leonard Emil Ewoldt, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron FIVE (VT-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in offensive action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942. Lieutenant Ewoldt's spirit of determination and persistence while participating in these attacks in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, contributed to the sinking or severe damaging of at lease eight enemy Japanese vessels. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ewoldt's airmanship, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Born: November 19, 1913 at Cleghorn, Iowa
Home Town: Hartley, Iowa

F

FABIAN, LOUIS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Louis M. Fabian, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as the Senior Squadron Beachmaster, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 20 November 1943. Lieutenant Commander Fabian was undeterred by the fierce and determined opposition of enemy forces. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: August 28, 1901 at Butte, Montana
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

FAIRES, CARL F., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl F. Faires, Jr., Lieutenant (SC), U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving with the Supply Corps, SIXTEENTH Naval District, in the Philippine Islands during the period 10 December 1941 to 11 March 1942. During the repeated and sustained bombing and strafing attacks on the Philippines beginning on 10 December 1941, Lieutenant Faires rendered valiant service during the gallant stand by our forces against a prolonged siege by the Japanese. The conduct of Lieutenant Faires throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 331 (October 1944)
Born: January 12, 1910 at Atlanta, Georgia
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia

FALGOUT, GEORGE IRVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Irvin Falgout, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. His gallant spirit of self-sacrifice, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Services.
Born: October 28, 1922 at Raceland, Louisiana
Home Town: Raceland, Louisiana

FALLGATTER, ROBERT CHARLES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Charles Fallgatter, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWENTY (VF-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action on 24 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 3, 1918 at Kintyre, North Dakota
Home Town: Kintyre, North Dakota

FARLEY, JOHN WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John William Farley, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FARMER, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles D. Farmer, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TEN (VF-10), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action on 16 April 1945, while deployed over Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FARMER, WILLIAM L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William L. Farmer, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SEVENTY-SIX (VC-76), embarked from the U.S.S. PETROF BAY (CVE-80), and deployed over Samar in the Philippine Islands, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 11, 1920 at Winnsboro, Louisiana
Home Town: Winnsboro, Louisiana

FARRINGTON, ROBERT F.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert F. Farrington, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWO (VT-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces over enemy-controlled waters near Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea on 10 March 1942. Lieutenant Farrington pressed home, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, sinking three of them. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 12, 1914 at Yonkers, New York
Home Town: Watertown, New York
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FARRINGTON, ROBERT F.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Robert F. Farrington, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWO (VT-2), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 12, 1914 at Yonkers, New York
Home Town: Watertown, New York
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FASH, ROBERT PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Paul Fash, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 16, 1920 at Venice, Illinois
Home Town: Collinsville, Illinois

FAULKNER, CLARK WOODS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clark Woods Faulkner, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while Commanding Motor Torpedo Boat FORTY (PT-40), which together with PT-43 and PT-112 engaged a force of enemy destroyers off the Guadalcanal coast on the night of 11 - 12 January 1943. The group attacked three destroyers only a few hundred yards off the enemy occupied coast during which time Lieutenant Faulkner made a daring and determined approach in to 500 yards before firing his torpedoes which scored two hits probably sinking the ship. Lieutenant Faulkner made good his escape without casualties through a hail of shellfire which sank the other two motor torpedo boats. On the night of 1 - 2 February 1943, Lieutenant Faulkner in Command of Motor Torpedo Boat ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR (PT-124), engaged one of a group of nineteen enemy destroyers in the same Guadalcanal area and with great skill scored two torpedo hits from a distance of 1,000 yards causing the destroyer to burst into flame and burn for over three hours. The exceptional bravery, aggressive leadership, and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Faulkner were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 24, 1919 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri

FAULKNER, FREDERIC L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederic L. Faulkner, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action on 4 and 7 May 1942, during the Battles of Tulagi of the Coral Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 17, 1914 at Morristown, New Jersey
Home Town: Morristown, New Jersey

FAVA, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Fava, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron SIXTEEN (VT-16), embarked from the U.S.S. RANDOLPH (CV-15), in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*FAY, LEO DANIEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Leo Daniel Fay, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD-779), in action against the enemy on 17 May 1945, in the Pacific War Area. Although severely burned and injured, Ensign Fay directed his party in repair work, refusing medical care. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

FAYLE, EDDY L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eddy L. Fayle, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Campaign on 24 August 1942. In an unsupported aerial torpedo raid against a Japanese task force, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fayle pressed home his attack through a bursting hail of fire from hostile anti-aircraft batteries. He contributed to the relentless fighting spirit and aggressive courage which enabled his squadron to score one certain hit and two estimated hits on an enemy aircraft carrier. His superb airmanship and unyielding devotion to duty aided greatly in the defeat of a persistent foe and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: July 12, 1920 at Gironde, France
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey

FECKE, ALFRED JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alfred John Fecke, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWENTY-NINE (VF-29), embarked from the U.S.S. CABOT (CVL-28), in action on 16 October 1944, while deployed over Formosa. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 27, 1918 at Boston, Massachusetts
Home Town: Milton, Massachusetts

FEENEY, JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph Feeney, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of the Armed Guard Crew aboard the tanker S.S. CITIES SERVICE MISSOURI, when that ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea on the night of 12 March 1943. Proceeding aft to take his station with the gun crew after the first torpedo had struck the vessel, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Feeney was suddenly hurled into the air by the force of a second torpedo hit and was severely injured. Despite the incapacitating effect of this injury, and with heroic courage, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Feeney dragged himself to the bridge, where he manned the phones to the battery and continued directing the fire of the gun until the crew reported that the ammunition had been rendered ineffectual by water, and the order to abandon ship was given. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Born: May 28, 1909 at Scranton, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Scranton, Pennsylvania

FELLNER, IRVING STANISLAUS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Irving Stanislaus Fellner, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant Fellner contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 20, 1921 at Rye, New York
Home Town: North Bradford, Connecticut

FELLOWS, JOHN BENJAMIN, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Benjamin Fellows, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. GWIN (DD-433), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 14 - 15 November 1942. Lieutenant Commander Fellows directed his ship with such courage and determination that severe damage was inflicted upon the enemy. Despite the partial disability of his ship, he kept her in action and rescued the entire crew of a friendly sinking vessel. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: February 16, 1910 at Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Home Town: Fitchburg, Massachusetts

FELT, HARRY DONALD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry Donald Felt, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane and Group Commander of Air Group THREE (AG-3), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), and deployed over the Solomon Islands on 24 August 1942. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 21, 1902 at Topeka, Kansas
Home Town: San Diego, California

FENNO, FRANK WESLEY, JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frank Wesley Fenno, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TROUT (SS-202), in successfully completing an unusual and special mission through enemy controlled waters for the United States War Department during the month of January 1942. Upon completion of this mission, and while returning to Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, through enemy infested waters, with a special cargo on board, the U.S.S. Trout attacked and sank a 5,000 ton enemy merchant vessel on 10 February 1942. Furthermore, on the same date, upon being attacked by torpedoes from an enemy patrol vessel, the U.S.S. TROUT attacked and sank the enemy attacking ship, and continued her voyage to Pearl Harbor, arriving there without damage to material or injury to personnel throughout the hazardous operations.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Born: September 11, 1902 at Westminster, Massachusetts
Home Town: Westminster, Massachusetts
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)

FENNO, FRANK WESLEY, JR.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Frank Wesley Fenno, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TROUT (SS-202), during the THIRD War Patrol of that vessel in enemy controlled waters during the period 24 March 1942 to 17 May 1942. Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander Fenno took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking a total of 31,000 tons of enemy merchant shipping and damaging another merchantman of 15, 000 tons in the Pacific waters in immediate proximity to enemy shores. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Fenno brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 314 (May 1943)
Born: September 11, 1902 at Westminster, Massachusetts
Home Town: Westminster, Massachusetts
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)

FENNO, FRANK WESLEY, JR.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Frank Wesley Fenno, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. RUNNER (SS-275), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel during the period 18 January through 7 March 1943. While commanding his submarine in the Pacific area, Commander Fenno displayed daring aggressiveness and excellent professional ability in sinking three freighters and damaging two other vessels. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Fenno brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 321 (December 1943)
Born: September 11, 1902 at Westminster, Massachusetts
Home Town: Westminster, Massachusetts
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)

FENTON, CHARLES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles R. Fenton, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FORTY-TWO (VF-42), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), on 4 and 7 May 1942, during the Battles of Tulagi of the Coral Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 4, 1907 at Annapolis, Maryland
Home Town: Storrs, Connecticut

*FERGUSON, EARL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Earl W. Ferguson, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the U.S.S. PERRY (DMS-17), in action against the enemy from 7 December 1941 to 28 April 1942, in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: August 16, 1913 at Houston, Texas
Home Town: New York, New York

FERGUSON, GEORGE EDWARD
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Edward Ferguson, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against Japanese forces on 18 July 1945 while deployed over Yokosuka, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FERGUSON, GEORGE EDWARD
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to George Edward Ferguson, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK and deployed over Kure, Japan, on 25 July 1945. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FERGUSON, GEORGE EDWARD
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to George Edward Ferguson, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK and deployed over Kure, Japan, on 28 July 1945. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FERGUSON, JOHN N., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John N. Ferguson, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Executive Officer and Engineer Officer, respectively, of the Destroyer U.S.S. Dallas (DD-199), during the assault on Port Lyautey, French Morocco during the period 8 - 11 November 1942. While under fire of hostile artillery, Lieutenant Commander Ferguson coolly and efficiently navigated the DALLAS across a treacherous bar through heavy surf and mud into the shallow Sebou River where our Army raider troops, supported by gunfire from the ship, captured the Port Lyautey airfield. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Born: September 17, 1912 at Newport, Rhode Island
Home Town: Waynesville, North Carolina

FERRALL, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William E. Ferrall, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SEADRAGON (SS-194), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 30 December 1941 to 13 February 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Ferrall brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 5, 1905 at Columbiana, Ohio
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

FERRITER, CHARLES ARTHUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Arthur Ferriter, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Minesweeper U.S.S. WHIPPOORWILL (AM-35), in combat against enemy Japanese forces during the bombardment of Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, on 10 December 1941. Despite the fires and frequent explosion of air flasks and war heads, Lieutenant Commander Ferriter while in command of a small auxiliary craft, displayed extraordinary courage and determination in proceeding into the danger zone and towing disabled surface craft alongside docks to a safe zone. This prompt and daring action undoubtedly saved the crews from serious danger and saved the vessels aided for further war service. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Ferriter throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Born: March 14, 1901 at Trenton, Missouri
Home Town: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

FERRY, FRANCIS R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis R. Ferry, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VB-82), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action against Japanese forces on 7 April 1945, while deployed over the East China Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FIALA, REID PURVEAR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Reid Purvear Fiala, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. REMEY (DD-688), in action against the enemy on 24 and 25 October 1944, in Surigao Strait during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: January 14, 1909 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

*FIEBERLING, LANGDON KELLOGG (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Langdon Kellogg Fieberling (0-076103), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Flight Leader in Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from Naval Air Station Midway during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. In the first attack against an enemy carrier of the Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Fieberling led his flight in the face of withering fire from enemy Japanese fighters and anti-aircraft forces. Because of events attendant upon the Battle of Midway, there can be no doubt that he gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country. His courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 310 (January 1943)
Born: January 3, 1910 at Oakland, California
Home Town: Oakland, California

FINLEY, ROBERT MARION
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Marion Finley, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Bomber, in action on 4 and 6 May 1945, while deployed over Korea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*FINROW, JOHN HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Henry Finrow, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Lieutenant Finrow fought his plane boldly and with relentless determination despite accurate and intense antiaircraft fire during a brilliantly executed attack on the Japanese battleship MUSASHI, making a direct hit which caused serious damage. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant Finrow contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 1, 1920 at Spokane, Washington
Home Town: Spokane, Washington

FISHER, CHARLES ELTON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Elton Fisher, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of Landing Craft Infantry Gunboat FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE (LCI(G)-473), operating as a unit of LCI(G), Group EIGHT, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the close-in fire support operations against Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands on 17 February 1945. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Home Town: St. Petersburg, Florida

FISHER, CLAYTON EVAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clayton Evan Fisher, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 6 June 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fisher participated in determined and effective bombing and strafing attacks on fleeing enemy Japanese forces, obtaining a successful hit on one of the enemy ships. His airmanship, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Born: January 14, 1919 at Janesville, Wisconsin
Home Town: Janesville, Wisconsin

FISHER, ELLIS JAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ellis Jay Fisher, Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant], U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy PBY-5 Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron THIRTY-FOUR (VP-34), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Bismarck Sea, from 31 December 1943 to 13 February 1944. Engaging in numerous armed reconnaissance missions against Japanese shipping, Lieutenant Commander Fisher gallantly participated in many attacks on heavily escorted enemy convoys, sinking a large merchant vessel, a large tanker and five motor launches, inflicting heavy damage on an escort vessel, a large tanker and a large merchant vessel, probably destroying an armed enemy vessel and a midget submarine and, thereby contributing greatly to the destruction of enemy shipping. His professional skill, cool courage and unwavering devotion to duty which enabled him to complete his mission successfully, reflected the highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Fisher and the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 5, 1916 at Roseville, California
Home Town: Roseville, California

FISHER, WALTER LESTER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walter Lester Fisher, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron EIGHTY (VC-80), embarked from the U.S.S. MANILA BAY (CVE-61), and deployed over Samar on 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 27, 1917 at Boise, Idaho
Home Town: San Jose, California

FISLER, FRANK MOORE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Frank Moore Fisler, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary courage and heroic conduct on 30 December 1941, as FIRST Pilot of a Navy Seaplane in Patrol Squadron FIFTY-ONE (VP-51), whose crew and officers, against insurmountable odds, rescued nine army flyers (including one officer), of an Army plane that had been forced down to sea during combat far from Oahu. The conduct of Ensign Fisler throughout this action resulted in the saving of nine lives, and reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Navigation Bulletin 288 (February 1, 1942)
Born: September 4, 1916 at Bladen County, North Carolina
Home Town: Ivanhoe, North Carolina

FITTS, WILLIAM WILSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Wilson Fitts, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BRAINE (DD-63), in action against the enemy on 27 May 1945, while deployed off the coast of Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

FITZ, HAROLD CARLTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold Carlton Fitz, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. SANTA FE (CL-60), while serving with the fleet in action against enemy Japanese forces off the southern coast of Honshu, Japan, on 19 March 1945. Captain Fitz brought his damaged cruiser alongside the U.S.S. FRANKLIN, lying crippled in the water as the result of enemy action, and held his hazardous position to effect the rescue of great numbers of personnel. Simultaneously engaging his ship in fighting fires on board the disabled craft and heaving in on the towline from another cruiser, he aided the FRANKLIN to withdraw without further damage and contributed his gallant service until the carrier could effect emergency repairs and return to port under her own power. Captain Fitz' inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 345 (December 1945)
Home Town: Severna Park, Maryland

FITZGERALD, JOHN A. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John A. Fitzgerald, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GRENADIER (SS-210), in actions as a Prisoner of War following the sinking of that vessel on 22 April 1943. Lieutenant Commander Fitzgerald unflinchingly withstood the cruelties of his captors. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

FITZGERALD, PHILLIP HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Phillip Henry Fitzgerald, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. LAMSON (DD-367), which engaged Japanese naval forces in a daring daylight raid on the enemy patrol line south of the Gilbert Islands on 22 October 1942. Lieutenant Commander Fitzgerald valiantly fought his ship, skillfully maneuvering in order to launch determined and aggressive attacks in which two enemy vessels were sunk. Despite terrific aerial opposition, he brought his ship and crew through the successful engagement without loss or damage. Lieutenant Commander Fitzgerald's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: August 11, 1902 at Nashville, Tennessee
Home Town: Shepherd, Texas

FLATLEY, JAMES H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James H. Flatley, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Executive Officer of Fighting Squadron FORTY-TWO (VF-42), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against Japanese forces on 7 and 8 May 1942, during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Commander Flatley's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 17, 1906 at Green Bay, Wisconsin
Home Town: Green Bay, Wisconsin

FLEBBE, WALTER EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walter Edward Flebbe, Radioman Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. SMITH (DD-378), in action against the enemy during the operations of the U.S. Naval Forces north of the Santa Cruz, Islands, on 26 October 1942. With the forecastle ablaze and Japanese aircraft attacking his damaged ship, Radioman Second Class Flebbe entered a burning compartment and jettisoned powder, which threatened to explode. The conduct of Radioman Second Class Flebbe throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Born: August 12, 1909 at Grand Island, Nebraska
Home Town: North Platte, Nebraska

FLEMING, PATRICK DAWSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Patrick Dawson Fleming, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting-Bombing Squadron EIGHTY (VFB-80), embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action on 16 February 1944, while deployed in the Pacific War Area His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FLEMING, WILLIAM SLOAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Sloan Fleming, Boatswain's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. CALIFORNIA (BB-44), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. Although injured, Boatswain's Mate First Class Fleming kept at his post as Gun Captain, directing his crew in such a cool and outstanding manner that it inspired confidence in the men about him. The conduct of Boatswain's Mate First Class Fleming throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 28, 1916 at Artesia, Mississippi
Home Town: Seattle, Washington

FLETCHER, CHARLES BINFORD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Binford Fletcher, Yeoman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving aboard Infantry Landing Craft U.S.S. LCI(L), FIVE (LCI(L)-5), during the amphibious assault on the Island of Sicily on 10 July 1943. Determining the depth over sand bars by swimming toward the beach within hazardous range of hostile guns ashore, Yeoman Second Class Fletcher located a suitable beaching point for disembarking our attack troops. Upon completing this dangerous task and observing several soldiers perilously close to drowning, he risked his life under an unrelenting shower of deadly machine-gun bullets to swim through extremely heavy surf and bring the helpless men to safety. Through his courageous efforts and heroic endurance in the face of withering fire, he was able to accomplish the successful rescue of the soldiers who otherwise might have perished. Yeoman Second Class Fletcher's exceptional courage and valiant devotion to duty in the face of grave danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 328 (July 1944)
Born: August 20, 1921 at Alderson, West Virginia
Home Town: Alderson, West Virginia

FLETCHER, WILLARD MERLE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Willard Merle Fletcher, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHTEEN (VT-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FLUCKEY, EUGENE BENNETT
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eugene Bennett Fluckey, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BARB (SS-220), on the EIGHTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 21 May 1944 to 9 July 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific War Area. During this aggressive patrol in enemy-controlled waters, Lieutenant Commander Fluckey intelligently planned and executed attacks which resulted in the sinking of five enemy vessels totaling 37,500 tons. In addition, two daring gun battles resulted in the sinking of two enemy sampans totaling 100 tons. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Fluckey brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: October 5, 1913 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Neoga, Illinois
Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FLUCKEY, EUGENE BENNETT
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Eugene Bennett Fluckey, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BARB (SS-220), on the NINTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 4 August 1944 to 9 October 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Straits. During this aggressive patrol in enemy-controlled waters, Lieutenant Commander Fluckey intelligently planned and executed attacks which resulted in the sinking of a tanker, two freighters and an enemy warship, totally 42,000 tons. In addition, he effected the rescue of 14 British and Australian prisoners of war who were survivors of a torpedoed enemy transport which had been taking them from Singapore to the Japanese empire. His outstanding resourcefulness and capability in providing for their care and the treatment of the sick and wounded rendered it possible for all to return to port safely. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: October 5, 1913 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Neoga, Illinois
Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FLUCKEY, EUGENE BENNETT
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Eugene Bennett Fluckey, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BARB (SS-220), on the NINTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 27 October 1944 to 25 November 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Fluckey brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 5, 1913 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Neoga, Illinois
Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FLUCKEY, EUGENE BENNETT
(Fourth Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Navy Cross to Eugene Bennett Fluckey, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BARB (SS-220), on the TWELFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 8 June 1945 to 2 August 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Fluckey brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 5, 1913 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Neoga, Illinois
Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FLUITT, CLIFFORD L.V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clifford L.V. Fluitt, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over the East China Sea. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FLYNN, ARTHUR C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arthur C. Flynn, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane embarked from the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in the attack on major units of the Japanese fleet in Kure Harbor, Japan, consisting of battleships, carriers and heavy cruisers, on 24 July 1945. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FLYNT, LLOYD CLAYTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lloyd Clayton Flynt, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Section Leader in Bombing Squadron TWENTY (VB-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against units of the Japanese Fleet in waters west of the Central Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Flying as wingman on a search and attack mission when an enemy task force was sighted and his division was assigned an aircraft carrier as a target, Lieutenant Flynt defied the withering barrages of antiaircraft fire to dive low over the hostile warship and release his bombs at perilously low altitude to score direct hits which started fires and contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage on the Japanese vessel. His superb airmanship, inspiring courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Flynt and the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 342 (September 1945)
Born: July 31, 1917 at Lonoke, Arkansas
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

FOLEY, FRANCIS J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis J. Foley, Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. GAINARD (DD-706), in action against the enemy from 20 April 1945 through 30 June 1945, off the Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

FOLEY, ROBERT J.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert J. Foley, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GATO (SS-212), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 13 January 1943 to 26 February 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk areas of the Pacific. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Foley brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 30, 1905 at East Orange, New Jersey
Home Town: Jamaica, Long Island, New York
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FOLEY, ROBERT J.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Robert J. Foley, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GATO (SS-212), on the FIFTH and SEVENTH War Patrols of that submarine during the period 19 March 1943 to 10 January 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk areas of the Pacific. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Foley brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 30, 1905 at East Orange, New Jersey
Home Town: Jamaica, New York
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FOLEY, ROBERT J.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Robert J. Foley, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GATO (SS-212), on the EIGHTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 2 February 1944 to 1 April 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk areas of the Pacific. During this aggressive patrol, Lieutenant Commander Foley delivered smashing torpedo attacks against escorted Japanese shipping and, by the bold and effective use of his deck guns, destroyed four enemy ships, including one heavily armed merchantman. He sank six ships and severely damaged another during this hazardous patrol. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Foley brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 331 (October 1944)
Born: January 30, 1905 at East Orange, New Jersey
Home Town: Jamaica, New York
Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FOLTZ, FRANKLIN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Franklin E. Foltz, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHTEEN (VF-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against the enemy from 23 through 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FONTAINE, WALTER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Walter Fontaine, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15, embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 24 October 1944. In the face of intense and accurate antiaircraft fire from the whole enemy formation, under extremely hazardous combat conditions, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fontaine participated in a bombing attack on the Japanese Battleship Nagato. Fearlessly maneuvering through withering hostile fire of all calibers, he pressed home his attack and, by his expert airmanship, obtained a direct hit which caused certain damage. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fontaine's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: July 11, 1921 at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington

FONVILLE, AMON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Amon Fonville, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, in action on 24 July 1945, while deployed over the Inland Sea of Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FOOTE, HAIRLAN WAYNE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hairlan Wayne Foote, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron SEVENTEEN (VT-17), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), in action on 19 March 1945, while deployed over Kure Harbor, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*FOOTE, JOHN STORRS (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Storrs Foote (0-173423), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home his attack to low altitude in the face of accurate and intense antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Foote succeeded in scoring a direct hit upon a Japanese aircraft carrier of ZUIKAKI class, contributing to its rapid sinking. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating antiaircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Foote contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 26, 1921 at McGraws, West Virginia
Home Town: Fort Thomas, Kentucky

FORD, GEORGE EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Edward Ford, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ford's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 20, 1919 at Orosi, California
Home Town: Orosi, California

*FOREMAN, ANDREW L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Andrew L. Foreman, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS (CA-32), in action after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: September 25, 1920 at Berkeley, California
Home Town: Berkeley, California

FORGER, FREDERICK D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederick D. Forger, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINETY-FOUR (VB-94), embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action on 28 July 1945, while deployed over the Inland Sea of Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FORRER, SAMUEL WHITE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Samuel White Forrer, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VF-71), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-7), in action on 7 August 1942, while deployed over the Solomon Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 9, 1917 at Harrisonburg, Virginia
Home Town: Griffin, Georgia

FORSYTH, JOHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John F. Forsyth, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHTEEN (VB-18), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 25 October 1944. The action, in which he was an integral part, successfully accomplished in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft barrages, removed a serious threat to our ground forces in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FORSYTHE, ABE, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Abe Forsythe, Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron SEVENTY-SIX (VC-76), embarked from the U.S.S. PETROF BAY (CVE-80), and deployed over Samar in the Philippine Islands, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Lieutenant Forsythe participated in the first strike of the day on the enemy task force off the coast of Samar, and executed bold strafing attacks in the face of intense antiaircraft fire in a desperate attempt to render aid to our own CVEs which were being shelled by the Japanese ships. Although he knew that his .50 caliber guns could do little damage to the armor of the capital ships, he made his runs with courage and audacity. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: December 9, 1917 at Huntington, West Virginia
Home Town: Huntington, West Virginia

*FORSYTHE, RICHARD MONROE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Richard Monroe Forsythe, Lieutenant Commander (MC), U.S. Navy (Reserve), for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of personal danger while serving as Regimental Surgeon for the Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces near Volupai Plantation, New Britain, on 6 March 1944. Lieutenant Commander Forsythe went to the assistance of the wounded and administered medical aid, undeterred by devastating mortar fire. He continued ministering to the injured, despite multiple wounds from a mortar shell, until severe pain finally forced him to cease. Although fully aware that postponed medical attention would gravely impair his chance of recovery, he refused medical assistance while other casualties were in need of care, and later succumbed from his wounds. By his courage, determination, and untiring devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Forsythe saved many lives. His professional ability, courage, and inspiring devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Medical Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 329 (August 1944)
Born: October 4, 1913 at Cleveland, Ohio
Home Town: East Cleveland, Ohio

FORT, GEORGE HUDSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Hudson Fort, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Battleship U.S.S. NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), in action against the enemy on 24 August 1942, in the Solomon Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: August 23, 1891 at Lumpkin, Georgia
Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland

FOSTER, CARL CLIFFORD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl Clifford Foster, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron THIRTY (VF-30), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action on 6 April 1945, while deployed over Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FOSTER, RATHERLY, III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ratherly Foster, III, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron NINETY-THREE (VC-93), embarked from the U.S.S. PETROF BAY (CVE-80), in action on 12 April 1945, while deployed over deployed over Nansei Shoto. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FOWLER, RICHARD EDWARD, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Edward Fowler, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. In the face of heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fowler participated in a vigorous and determined attack on enemy ships, pressing home his attack to low altitude and making a direct hit on a Japanese battleship, contributing to the sinking of that enemy warship. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating antiaircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fowler contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: May 24, 1924 at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: Houston, Texas

FOWLER, RICHARD LABITT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Labitt Fowler, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane and Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron FIVE (VC-5), embarked from the U.S.S. KITKUN BAY (CVE-71), in action against a large enemy Japanese fleet off Samar Island, Philippine Islands, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Born: May 13, 1913 at Enderland, North Dakota
Home Town: Fargo, North Dakota

*FOWLER, ROBERT L., III
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert L. Fowler, III, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Torpedo Officer on board the Destroyer U.S.S. DUNCAN (DD-485), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. Accurately setting up his torpedo director, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fowler, in the firing of his first torpedo, obtained the initial hit on a hostile cruiser. Before he could fire the remaining torpedoes, he was fatally wounded by a shell which burst in the vicinity of the director. The conduct of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fowler throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: April 19, 1919 at Manhattan, New York
Home Town: Katonah, New York

*FOX, DOUGLAS HAROLD (MIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Douglas Harold Fox (0-060375), Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BARTON (DD-599), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942, and during arduous task of locating and rescuing survivors of damaged aircraft near French Reef, New Caledonia, on 30 October 1942. While under intense and prolonged aerial bombardment, Lieutenant Commander Fox, with superior judgment and expert seamanship, maneuvered his ship to effect the rescue of 250 survivors from the Aircraft Carrier HORNET. Four days later, under extreme darkness and adverse weather conations, he brought the Barton into the vicinity of dangerous reefs and despite imminent threat of hostile submarine attacks, picked up stranded crews and passengers from four large patrol planes, without loss of personnel. His brilliant leadership and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Born: March 26, 1905 at Walled Lake, Michigan
Home Town: Dowagiac, Michigan
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

*FOX, DOUGLAS HAROLD (MIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Douglas Harold Fox (0-060375), Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BARTON (DD-599), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Lieutenant Commander Fox was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Fox contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Born: March 26, 1905 at Walled Lake, Michigan
Home Town: Dowagiac, Michigan
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart

FOX, FRANK ALSTRUP
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frank Alstrup Fox, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Participating in a vigorous strike against major units of the Japanese Fleet, including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fox boldly plunged through continuous, intense antiaircraft fire to carry out his attack and, expertly maneuvering to release his torpedo at close range, succeeded in scoring a direct hit on an enemy aircraft carrier, which contributed materially to the sinking of the vessel. By his superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and courage maintained in the face of tremendous opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fox contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage and destruction on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive battle, and his gallant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 6, 1921 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Home Town: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

*FOX, GEORGE WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to George William Fox, Lieutenant Commander (MC), U.S. Navy (Reserve), for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of personal danger while serving as a Medical Officer on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), which was striking the Japanese home islands in the vicinity of Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. When the FRANKLIN was struck by enemy bombs which caused tremendous fires and explosions among a large number of fully armed and fueled planes both on the flight deck and in the hangar, Lieutenant Commander Fox treated patients under extremely adverse conditions until he died in the process. By his courage, determination, and untiring devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Fox saved many lives. His professional ability, courage, and inspiring devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Medical Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: November 28, 1906 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

FRANCIS, FORREST FRANKLIN, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Forrest Franklin Francis, Jr., Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. LANGLEY (CV-27), in action against the enemy on 24 June 1944, at Kazan Island. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: May 5, 1921 at Reed, Oklahoma
Home Town: Dallas, Texas

*FRANCOVICH, ALBERT ANTHONY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Albert Anthony Francovich (2436082), Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as a Member of the crew of a Navy Patrol Plane in action against the enemy on 6 September 1942, in the Solomon Islands. Although mortally wounded in an engagement with a Japanese four-engined Seaplane, Aviation Machinist's Mate Francovich remained at his gun delivering effective fire on the enemy. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: January 23, 1920 at Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Shamokin, Pennsylvania

FRANK, ALAN STETSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alan Stetson Frank, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron THREE (VS-3), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces on in the Solomon Islands during the period from 6 September to 10 October 1942. Lieutenant Frank led a group of scout bombers and fighters which scored a hit and three near-misses on a heavy cruiser and, later, inflicted serious damage on a force of 2 light cruisers and 4 destroyers. He participated in two other attacks on 13 vessels and scored such a disastrous hit on a destroyer that it probably was sunk. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Born: May 19, 1914 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Glencoe, Illinois

FRANK, PAUL ASHER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul Asher Frank, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home a determined attack in the face of extremely intense and accurate antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Ensign Frank succeeded in scoring a direct hit upon a Japanese battleship of the ISE class. By his superb airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Ensign Frank contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FRANKEL, LEON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Leon Frankel, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron NINE (VT-9), embarked from the U.S.S. SHAMROCK BAY (CVE-84), in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over Kyushu, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FRANZEN, ERIC THORGNE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Eric Thorgne Franzen, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FORTY-FOUR (VT-44), embarked from the U.S.S. LANGLEY (CV-27), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*FRASER, THOMAS EDWARD (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas Edward Fraser, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. WALKE (DD-416), and Acting Division Commander of the destroyers in the task force during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 14 - 15 November 1942. Captain Fraser led his ships into action against a numerically superior force of Japanese vessels and succeeded in diverting a torpedo attack against our heavy ships while at the same time inflicting grave damage to the Japanese forces. His inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: February 6, 1901 at Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FREDRICKSON, HARRY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry A. Fredrickson, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIVE (VB-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fredrickson piloted his bombing squadron plane in two dive-bombing attacks on enemy Japanese carriers. These attacks pressed, pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire on 7 May, and opposed as well by enemy fighters on 8 May, resulted in the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of the other. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Fredrickson's extreme courage and gallant conduct in these actions contributed materially to the success of our forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. His conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Born: December 11, 1916 at Anaconda, Montana
Home Town: Spokane, Washington

FREEMAN, JAMES SHEPHERD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Shepherd Freeman, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Cargo Ship U.S.S. ALCHIBA (AK-23), during operations in the Solomon Islands during the period 7 August 1942 through 28 November 1942. Commander Freeman successfully maneuvered his cargo ship through enemy-infested waters and, in spite of attacks by high altitude bombers and aerial torpedoes, landed supplies and equipment for our forces during the initial operations of occupying the Solomon Islands. On the third subsequent trip to this area his ship was attacked and hit by an enemy submarine. Commander Freeman beached his ship, despite numerous gasoline and ammunition explosions, in order that the cargo and vessel might be saved. Commander Freeman's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Born: April 30, 1900 at Jasper, Alabama
Home Town: Jasper, Alabama

FREEMAN, WILLIAM REYNOLDS
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Reynolds Freeman, Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the Fleet Tug U.S.S. CHEROKEE (AT-66), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River in order to land raiders near a strategic airport, Gunner's Mate Second Class Freeman and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November, proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his comrades skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Gunner's Mate Second Class Freeman and the other members of his party, in spite of the enormous breakers which battered their boat, brought her back to safety. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 7, 1915 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Lake Bluff, Illinois
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FREEMAN, WILLIAM REYNOLDS
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to William Reynolds Freeman, Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as a Member of Naval Combat Demolition Unit ELEVEN (NCDU-11), during the amphibious assault on the Normandy Coast of France on 6 June 1944. Gunner's Mate Second Class Freeman's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: September 7, 1915 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Lake Bluff, Illinois
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

FREET, DONALD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald E. Freet, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Freet's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FRELIGH, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Freligh, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron THIRTEEN (VT-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action on 24 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FRENCH, LAWRENCE CLARK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lawrence Clark French, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron THIRTEEN (VT-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action on 24 October 1944, Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 1, 1911 at Munger, Michigan
Home Town: Reese, Michigan

FRIESZ, ROBERT P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert P. Friesz, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 6 June 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense antiaircraft fire, Ensign Friesz participated in determined and effective bombing and strafing attacks on fleeing enemy Japanese forces, obtaining a successful hit on one of the enemy ships. His airmanship, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 16, 1918 at Keytesville, Missouri
Home Town: Clifton Hill, Missouri

FRY, LESLIE JAMES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Leslie James Fry, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINE (VB-9), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action against the Japanese on 7 April 1945, while deployed over the East China Sea. Lieutenant Fry's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FUELLING, JAMES LOUIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Louis Fuelling, Lieutenant Commander (MC), U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of personal danger while serving as a Medical Officer on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), which was striking the Japanese home islands in the vicinity of Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. On that date the FRANKLIN was struck by enemy bombs which caused tremendous fires and explosions among a large number of fully armed and fueled planes both on the flight deck and in the hangar. By his courage, determination, and untiring devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Fuelling saved many lives. His professional ability, courage, and inspiring devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Medical Corps and the United States Naval Service.

*FULGHUM, PHILIP LEROY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Philip LeRoy Fulghum, Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving in a Navy Seaplane in Patrol Squadron FORTY-FOUR (VP-44), based at Midway Island, during the "Air Battle of Midway" on 4 and 5 June 1942. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: October 31, 1921 at Taft, California
Home Town: Oakland, California

*FULLER, JACK CARL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Jack Carl Fuller, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VF-82), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over Kyushu, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FULTON, ROBERT DONALD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Donald Fulton, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron NINE (VT-9), embarked from the U.S.S. SHAMROCK BAY (CVE-84), in action on 7 April 1945, while deployed over Kyushu, Japan. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FUNK, HAROLD NATHAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold Nathan Funk, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23), embarked from the U.S.S. PRINCETON (CV-23), in action on 24 and 25 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 28, 1915 at Wray, Colorado
Home Town: Wray, Colorado

FURER, ALBERT BRELY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Albert Brely Furer, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FIVE (VT-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Furer's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 16, 1913 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii

FURNEY, MAYNARD MELVON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Maynard Melvon Furney, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Section Leader in Fighting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VF-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Through intense enemy anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Furney, on 8 November, led a section of an eighteen-plane flight in a destructive attack on the Gazes airdrome. With courage and skill he provided cover for other units of the flight and, when our planes were attacked, he unhesitatingly engaged the hostile fighter craft, outmaneuvering and sending two down in flames. In the subsequent six flights in which he participated during the following two days, Lieutenant Furney, in addition to bombing and strafing shore batteries at El Hank, also led his four-plane section in strafing two submarines and patrolling over the RANGER and transports at Fedala. His aggressive leadership, relentless fighting spirit, and heroic devotion to duty at great personal risk contributed materially to the reduction of hostile reconnaissance in this area and the success which our forces realized in accomplishing vital objectives.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: November 29, 1915 at Alta Vista, Kansas
Home Town: Manhattan, Kansas

FUSSELMAN, RAYMOND D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond D. Fusselman, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. WADSWORTH (DD-516), in action against the enemy from 19 April 1945 to 28 May 1945. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

FYFE, JOHN K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John K. Fyfe, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH (SS-310), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 30 December 1944 to 3 March 1945, in enemy controlled waters at Luzon, in the Philippine Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Fyfe brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 9, 1914 at Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Home Town: Seneca Falls, New York

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