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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
to

 

ICENHOWER, JOSEPH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph B. Icenhower, 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. JALLO (SS-368), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 9 October 1944 to 10 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Luzon Strait in the Philippine Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Icenhower 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: March 13, 1913 at Parkersburg, West Virginia
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

INGALLS, CHARLES EDGAR, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charles Edgar Ingalls, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, 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.

INGERSOLL, STUART HOWE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Stuart Howe Ingersoll, 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. MONTEREY (CVL-26), in the face of tremendous enemy opposition during action against enemy Japanese forces off Formosa during the period 29 August 1944 through 30 October 1944. When the MONTEREY came under heavy Japanese aerial attack while bolding penetrating the hazardous waters off Formosa on 13 - 14 October, Captain Ingersoll fearlessly held his courage and, hurling the full fighting strength of his planes, despite terrific odds succeeded in blasting a number of hostile aircraft from the sky with no damage to his own vessel. During the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 - 26 October 1944, he inflicted heavy damage and destruction upon capital ships of the Japanese fleet in a bitterly fought, decisive engagement. Captain Ingersoll'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. 345 (December 1945)
Born: June 3, 1898 at Springfield, Massachusetts
Home Town: Alexandria, Virginia

INGLIS, THOMAS BROWNING
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Browning Inglis, 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. BIRMINGHAM (CL-62), while participating in the salvage and rescue operations of the U.S.S. PRINCETON in the face of enemy attack during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Captain Inglis skillfully placed his vessel alongside the burning aircraft carrier PRINCETON and, if his ship had not been forced to leave the carrier's side to repel an air attack, the carrier would have been brought under control. During the second determined attempt to furnish aid to the carrier, heavy casualties were inflicted upon personnel of the cruiser by a tremendous explosion in the PRINCETON. Because of his courageous and determined bearing and his calm and efficient handling of a difficult situation, Captain Inglis inspired his officers and men to heroic and tireless efforts to save the carrier in the face of extremely grave danger. The conduct of Captain Inglis 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. 339 (June 1945)
Born: November 19, 1897 at Petoskey, Michigan
Home Town: Chevy Chase, Maryland

IRVIN, WILLIAM D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William D. Irvin, 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. NAUTILUS (SS-168), on the SEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 18 November 1943 to 4 December 1943, in enemy controlled waters ff Apamama Island. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Irvin 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.

IRWIN, HENRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Henry J. Irwin, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of a Rescue Ship, in action against the enemy during April and June 1945, while deployed off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Lieutenant Irwin's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

ISAMAN, ROY MAURICE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy Maurice Isaman, 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 Isaman 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: May 30, 1917 at Lewiston, Idaho
Home Town: Berkeley, California

ISBELL, HAROLD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harold A. Isbell, Carpenter, 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 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: January 31, 1905 at Black Bear, Idaho
Home Town: Long Beach, California

ISQUITH, SOLOMON SILAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Solomon Silas Isquith, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Target Ship U.S.S. UTAH (AG-16), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. With extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety, Lieutenant Commander Isquith directed the abandonment of the ship when it was capsizing rapidly, in such a cool and efficient manner that approximately ninety per cent of the crew were saved. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Isquith throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 25, 1896 at New York, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

ISSITT, DONALD KEITH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald Keith Issitt, 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 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.
Born: December 29, 1917 at Navarre, Kansas
Home Town: Woodbine, Kansas

IVERSON, CLIFTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Clifton Iverson, 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. DUNLAP (DD-384), during a surface engagement with enemy Japanese forces at Vella Gulf, Solomon Islands, on the night of 6 - 7 August 1943. Lieutenant Commander Iverson maneuvered his ship and struck boldly with well-timed and perfectly coordinated torpedo attacks, which resulted in the sinking of one Japanese cruiser and three destroyers. He brought his ship through the engagement without loss or damage. Lieutenant Commander Iverson'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. 326 (May 1944)
Born: August 7, 1908 at Badger, Minnesota
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

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*JACCARD, RICHARD ALONZO (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Alonzo Jaccard (0-099665), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Jaccard, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and utter disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Born: July 1, 1918 at Troy, Missouri
Home Town: Manhattan, Kansas

JACKSON, MERCER LEE, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Mercer Lee Jackson, Jr., 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 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. Courageous and skillful in the face of enemy air opposition and extremely intense and continuous fire from hostile anti-aircraft batteries, he boldly pressed home his attack. By his superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and courage maintained in the face of tremendous opposition, Ensign Jackson 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: May 28, 1922 at Wichita Falls, Texas
Home Town: Wichita Falls, Texas

JACKSON, PERCIVAL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Percival W. Jackson, 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 Composite Squadron TWENTY-SEVEN (VC-27), embarked from the U.S.S. SAVO ISLAND (CVE-78), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Leyte, 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: September 16, 1914 at Middlebury, Vermont
Home Town: Poughkeepsie, New York

JACOBSEN, ERLING E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Erling E. Jacobsen, 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 TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against the enemy 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.
Born: September 14, 2016 at Portland, Oregon
Home Town: Portland, Oregon

JACOBSEN, RALPH NORMAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ralph Norman Jacobsen, 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 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.

JAMISON, WILLIAM CALVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Calvin Jamison, 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 TWENTY (VF-20), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), 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: November 11, 1919 at Calvert, Texas
Home Town: Calvert, Texas

JANCAR, ARNOST
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Arnost Jancar, 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 SIXTEEN (VB-16), 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. His courage, daring tactics and fearless devotion to duty were essential factors in the success of our forces and reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Jancar and the United States Naval Service.
Born: November 10, 1921 at Butte, Montana
Home Town: San Gabriel, California

JANNEY, FREDERIC WISTAR MORRIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frederic Wistar Morris Janney, 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 THIRTEEN (VT-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), 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: March 15, 1919 at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

JANNOTTA, ALFRED V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Alfred V. Jannotta, Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, LCI Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR, in action on 30 December 1944, at Mindoro, in the Philippine Islands. The conduct of Commander Jannotta throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

JARRELL, ALBERT EDMONDSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Albert Edmondson Jarrell, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander of a Destroyer Squadron, in action from March through May 1945, off Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

JARRETT, HARRY BEAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry Bean Jarrett, 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. MORRIS (DD-417), during the Battle of the Coral Sea and during the rescue of survivors from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON on 8 May 1942. In constant danger of subsequent attacks by enemy Japanese aircraft and at a time when the LEXINGTON was being shaken by violent explosions and gutted by raging fires, Commander Jarrett, in courageous disregard for his own personal safety, placed his ship alongside the stricken aircraft carrier and took aboard a considerable portion of its crew. His initiative and leadership in a perilous emergency contributed materially to the reduction of casualties and to the rescue of many survivors who might otherwise have perished. Commander Jarrett's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Born: October 12, 1898 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland

JARRETT, THIRL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thirl E. Jarrett, Lieutenant (MC), U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of personal danger while serving as Medical Officer with the FIRST Marine Division Field Hospital at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, on 13 October 1942. By his courage, determination, and untiring devotion to duty, Lieutenant Jarrett 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.
Born: January 7, 1913 at Wetumka, Oklahoma
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

JARVIS, BENJAMIN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Benjamin C. Jarvis, 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. BAYA (SS-318), during her FOURTH War Patrol, in enemy-controlled waters from 20 April 1945 to 18 May 1945. His night surface attack, on 2 May against a convoy closely guarded by two wily radar equipped escorts was one of the outstanding attacks of this war. It was particularly noteworthy in that the Commanding Officer pressed home this attack in only seven fathoms of water, knowing from the start that submerged escape was impossible. The escorts detected BAYA and successfully maneuvered the convoy to avoid the torpedoes. With the range closed to 900 yards, BAYA changed course just in time to prevent ramming; and by the time the range was 1100 yards she was engulfed in a stream of 4.7", 40-mm., and 20-mm. fire. After eighteen minutes of this bombardment, during which BAYA was illuminated, for a time, by searchlights, she miraculously escaped. For 24 hours BAYA pursued her prey until a second attack was frustrated. The courage, daring, and skill of this fighting team was again demonstrated when the Commanding Officer completely destroyed an entire convoy of two freighters and an escorting minelayer. This attack was also consummated in water too shallow for submergence and was beautifully executed. BAYA also performed valuable life guard service in support of air strikes over SIAGON. The heroism displayed by Lieutenant Commander Jarvis throughout these particularly dangerous attacks, was truly great and indicative of the splendid fighting spirit of our armed forces. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men under his command and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

*JASON, ALBERT STANLEY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Albert Stanley Jason, Boatswain's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy on 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: December 25, 1920 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

JEAN, GRADY BINFORD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Grady Binford Jean, 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.

JEHLI, RAYMOND EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond Edward Jehli, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 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 NINE (VFB-9), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), 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.

JENKINS, JOHN O., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John O. Jenkins, Jr., Lieutenant, 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 14 July 1945, while deployed over Muroran Harbor. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

JENKINS, SAMUEL POWER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Samuel Power Jenkins, 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. ATLANTA (CL-51), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: June 3, 1893 at Evansville, Indiana
Home Town: San Diego, California

JENKINS, THOMAS H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas H. Jenkins, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), 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 TWENTY-TWO (AG-22), embarked from the U.S.S. COWPENS (CVL-25), in action against the Japanese on 26 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.

JENKINS, WILLIAM MAXWELL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William Maxwell Jenkins, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as Officer in Charge of Naval Combat Demolition Unit FORTY-THREE (NCDU-43), during the amphibious assault on the Normandy Coast of France on 6 June 1944. Although the LCT to which he was attached sank prior to H-Hour, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Jenkins salvaged his vital equipment and, directing his crew skillfully and with aggressive determination despite hostile gunfire, successfully accomplished the extremely difficult mission of blowing a fifty-yard gap through the enemy seaward band of beach obstacles. When one of his men was killed while preparing a demolition charge, he unhesitatingly completed the task himself and personally placed a number of charges, subsequently supervising his crew in helping other groups to clear the inward band of obstacles. The conduct of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Jenkins 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. 334 (January 1945)
Born: April 19, 1919 at Sulton, Washington
Home Town: Everett, Washington

JENNINGS, CARTER BROOKS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carter Brooks Jennings, 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. McDERMUT (DD-677), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Surigao Strait during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on the night of 24 - 25 October 1944. This successful attack contributed in large measure to eliminating an imminent and dangerous threat to our transports and other ships in Leyte Gulf. Commander Jennings' high professional skill, forceful leadership, and gallant devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 12, 1912 at Culpeper, Virginia
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

JENNINGS, ROBERT HARVEY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Harvey Jennings, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Combat Air Group EIGHTY-TWO (CAG-82), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action on 19 March 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.

JENSEN, HANS LUNDBY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hans Lundby Jensen, 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 TWENTY (VC-20), embarked from the U.S.S. KADASHAN BAY (CVE-76), in action against enemy Japanese forces near Samar 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: October 4, 1924 at Blackfoot, Idaho
Home Town: Sandy, Utah

JENSEN, HAYDEN MARTIN
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hayden Martin Jensen, 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 Squadron FIVE (VF-5), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed over Guadalcanal and Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Pursuing his targets through bursting shells of his own antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant Jensen attacked a flight of eleven Japanese dive bombers which were intent upon raiding our transport and other surface vessels in the Solomon Islands, personally shooting down two of them. Lieutenant Jensen'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. 315 (June 1943)
Born: January 30, 1911 at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JENSEN, HAYDEN MARTIN
(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 Hayden Martin Jensen, 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 Squadron FIVE (VF-5), embarked from the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action on 26 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 30, 1911 at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JERNIGAN, VERMON D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Vermon D. Jernigan, Metalsmith First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. MORRISON (DD-560), in action against the enemy on 4 May 1945, off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

JEWELL, JESSE D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jesse D. Jewell, 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 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 burned about the face and arms from fires nearby his station on board the U.S.S. CALIFORNIA, he continued at this post of duty and administered effective first aid. By his courage, determination, and untiring devotion to duty, Commander Jewell 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.
Born: July 24, 1891 at Leon, West Virginia
Home Town: Portland, Oregon

JOHNS, HARRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry E. Johns, Ensign, 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 EIGHTY-THREE (VT-83), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action on 19 March 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.

JOHNSON, CECIL VERMON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Cecil Vermon Johnson, Lieutenant, 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), during the occupation of French Morocco, from 8 to 11 November 1942. Leading a section of planes in repeated dive-bombing raids, Lieutenant Johnson, under a bursting hail of anti-aircraft shells, pressed home vigorous and persistent attacks against hostile warships, coastal defense batteries, and anti-aircraft gun emplacements in the vicinity of Casablanca. 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 12, 1915 at Perry, Mississippi
Home Town: Rubton, Mississippi

JOHNSON, DALE LEIGHTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Dale Leighton Johnson, Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action during the attack on the Light Cruiser U.S.S. MARBLEHEAD (CL-12), by Japanese enemy bombers on 4 February 1942. After assisting in the task of fighting fires, clearing wreckage and rescuing the wounded, Johnson proceeded aft to the wrecked steering engine room which was flooded shoulder deep with oil and water. There, in a space congested with machinery, the air foul with smoke and chlorine gas from shorted steering battery leads and surrounded by electrical fires, he worked tirelessly and unflinchingly freeing the jammed rudder and locking it amidships. His skill, tenacity and endurance together with an utter disregard for his own personal safety, contributed greatly to the saving of the ship for further war service and the saving of many lives. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: July 26, 1916 at Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Home Town: Thief River Falls, Minnesota

JOHNSON, DAVID ARTHUR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to David Arthur Johnson, 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 SIX (VB-6), 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.

JOHNSON, DOUGLAS POLLOCK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Douglas Pollock Johnson, 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. FANSHAW BAY (CVE-70), 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. By his own courage and gallant determination, he gave encouragement to his officers and men during this crucial ordeal. His heroic actions have brought great distinction upon himself and his conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: November 22, 1896 at Mexico, Missouri
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio

JOHNSON, DWIGHT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Dwight L. Johnson, 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. MILLER (DD-535), in action against enemy Japanese forces off the Southern Coast of Honshu, Japan, on 19 March 1945. When an aircraft carrier was set ablaze by enemy action, Lieutenant Commander Johnson maneuvered his destroyer alongside the carrier and, despite intense smoke and grave danger from explosions, rescued the Commander of his task group and several key personnel trapped on the Flag Bridge, transporting them to another carrier. Returning to the stricken vessel, he repeatedly placed his ship alongside her to rescue trapped personnel and to fight fires. His gallant conduct and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 16, 1914 at Tulsa, Oklahoma
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma

*JOHNSON, EARL VINCENT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Earl Vincent Johnson, 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 FIVE (VS-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. Ensign Johnson'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: December 28, 1913 at Linthrop, Minnesota
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota

*JOHNSON, EARLE CROSS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Earle Cross Johnson, Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board 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. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: August 15, 1917 at Manchester, New Hampshire
Home Town: Manchester, New Hampshire

JOHNSON, FRANK LESHER
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frank Lesher Johnson, 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. PURDY (DD-734), in action against the enemy on 6 April 1945, while deployed off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JOHNSON, FRANK LESHER
(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 Frank Lesher Johnson, 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. PURDY (DD-734), in action against the enemy on 12 April 1945, off Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JOHNSON, HUGH C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hugh C. Johnson, 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 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.

JOHNSON, JOHN WALTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Walton Johnson, Chief Specialist, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while in charge of a Scout Boat from the Transport Ship U.S.S. CHARLES CARROLL during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from November 8 to 11, 1942. Preceding the assault on Fedala on 8 November Johnson skillfully maneuvered his craft in complete darkness from the transport area six miles off the coast toward the landing beach designated for the assault battalion of the Charles Carroll. Despite a dangerous rock reef at the end of the beach and enemy batteries menacing the shore, he located his position and by prescribed signals guided incoming boat waves of troops. Although under fire from hostile forces, Johnson gallantly maintained his station until his mission was accomplished; thereby contributing to the successful landing of our troops.

JOHNSON, PAUL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Paul E. Johnson, 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 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.

JOHNSON, RAYMOND EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond Edward Johnson, Shipfitter Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), 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, Shipfitter Third Class Johnson 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, Shipfitter Third Class Johnson 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.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 319 (October 1943)
Born: January 11, 1899 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

JOHNSON, RAYMOND W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Raymond W. Johnson, 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. HERRING (SS-233), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 20 October 1942 to 25 November 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Johnson 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: April 16, 1907 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: New York, New York

*JOHNSON, ROBERT THEODORE (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Theodore Johnson, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for outstanding and courageous conduct above and beyond the call of duty while participating in an aerial flight as the Commander of a United States Navy Bombing Plane on 2 January 1944, when an enemy blockade runner was apprehended and subsequently attacked. Lieutenant Johnson was on a barrier sweep when he was ordered to a position where a suspicious ship had been sighted. He immediately proceeded to the position and remained on the scene to home in other air surface craft. The plane encountered heavy antiaircraft fire from the ship and was hit almost immediately. Although the plane was damaged, Lieutenant Johnson elected to remain in the area to make absolutely certain that the relief plane reached the scene. Engine trouble developed on his return and the plane crashed at sea and was lost with all hands. 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.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 328 (July 1944)
Born: October 26, 1916 at Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Home Town: Fredericktown, Ohio

*JOHNSON, RUSSELL HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Russell Harry Johnson, Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as Company Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against the enemy at Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, on 18 September 1944. With several members of his platoon killed or wounded when the enemy suddenly attacked with machine gun and cannon fire from tanks during an advance against a high ridge, Johnson fearlessly exposed himself to the withering Japanese barrage to attempt the rescue of four wounded Marines lying helpless in the open area. Fully aware of the extreme danger, he unhesitatingly pressed forward against the merciless barrage and succeeded in carrying three wounded men back to our lines. Observing a fourth casualty far in advance of our front lines, he again risked his life to effect a rescue, but was fatally struck down by hostile fire while performing his heroic act. By his outstanding fortitude, great personal valor and cool courage in the face of grave peril, Johnson contributed to the saving of many lives throughout this and previous fierce engagements with the Japanese. 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 22, 1925 at Erie, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania

JOHNSON, WILLIAM DAVID
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William David Johnson, 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. SUWANEE (CVE-27), in action against the enemy from 18 to 27 October 1944, in Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Born: August 2, 1897 at Deatsville, Alabama
Home Town: San Francisco, California

JOHNSON, WILLIAM HAROLD
(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 Harold Johnson, Chief Boatswain, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Minesweeper U.S.S. HERON (AM-10), during operations in Dutch East Indies on 31 December 1941, when his ship was attacked by 15 hostile planes of different types. Chief Boatswain's Johnson's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 303 (June 1942)
Born: March 7, 1909 at Ceredo, West Virginia
Home Town: Ceredo, West Virginia
Awards: Navy Cross (Squalus Rescue), Navy Cross (WWII)

JOHNSTON, THOMAS PEET J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Peet J. Johnston, Boatswain's Mate First Class, 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. PORTLAND (CA-33), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. Boatswain's Mate First Class Johnston remained at his battle station during heavy fighting for five hours, although he was bleeding profusely from severe lacerations to the head. The conduct of Boatswain's Mate First Class Johnston 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 15, 1916 at Syracuse, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York

JOLLY, HOWARD DELCOUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Howard Delcour Jolly, 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 FIFTEEN (VT-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, Jolly participated in a vigorous and determined glide-bombing attack on an enemy battleship, scoring a direct hit which caused certain damage. 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, Jolly 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: September 20, 1921 at Fullerton, California
Home Town: Santa Barbara, California

JOLLY, JOHN CHAPMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Chapman Jolly, 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. SHUBRICK (DD-268), in action against enemy Japanese forces off Okinawa Shima, on 29 May 1945. When his ship was attacked by enemy suicide planes, Lieutenant Commander Jolly coolly and capably directed his guns in delivering prolonged and effective fire, destroying at least one of the hostile aircraft. After being hit, severely damaged and in danger of sinking, he disregarded the hazards of fire and exploding ammunition and, exercising initiative and conspicuous ability, took all possible measures and succeeded in keeping his ship afloat. His gallant leadership and perseverance were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

*JONES, ARTHUR DUANE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur Duane Jones, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane, while participating in aerial combat against the Japanese Fleet in 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 Jones 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: October 5, 1912 at Newark, New Jersey
Home Town: Irvington, New Jersey

JONES, CARROL BURGESS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carrol Burgess Jones, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane and Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FORTY-THREE (VP-43), Patrol Wing FOUR, in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska, during the period 10 through 20 June 1942. Lieutenant Commander Jones led his squadron in repeated bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese ships in Kiska Harbor despite severe adverse weather conditions and fire from antiaircraft and shore batteries. With his own plane pierced by shrapnel and lighter caliber projectiles from enemy fire, he was forced to fly blind pull-outs, avoiding the perilous cloud-obscured mountains. Lieutenant Commander Jones' 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. 313 (April 1943)
Born: November 4, 1902 at Devils Lake, North Dakota
Home Town: Devils Lake, North Dakota

JONES, HOWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Howard Jones, 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 embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CVL-10), while participating in aerial combat against the Japanese Fleet in 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, Junior Grade, Jones 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: October 28, 1921 at Vilonia, Arkansas
Home Town: Vilonia, Arkansas

JONES, JAMES, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Jones, Jr., Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign], U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Air Group THIRTY-ONE (AG-31), embarked from the U.S.S. CABOT (CVL-28), during operations against enemy Japanese forces west of the Marianas Islands, on 20 June 1944. Pressing home a daring attack upon a major unit of the Japanese Fleet, Lieutenant Junior Grade Jones skillfully maneuvered his plane at perilously close range in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and, striking vigorously at the enemy and succeeded in scoring a direct his upon an aircraft carrier. His marked ability, great personal courage, and unswerving devotion to duty at grave personal risk were important factors in the infliction of extensive damage upon the enemy and reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Jones and the Untied states Naval Service.
Born: October 4, 1922 at Wilson, North Carolina
Home Town: Bailey, North Carolina

JONES, RALPH MELGRIM
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ralph Melgrim Jones, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Escort Scouting Squadron TWENTY-SIX (VS-26), embarked from the U.S.S. Sangamon, during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco, November 8 - 11, 1942. While leading a section of airplanes in the initial attack on Port Lyautey, Lieutenant Jones, suddenly aware that one of his comrades was being attacked by a hostile fighter, courageously maneuvered to challenge the assailant and succeeded, with only a .30 caliber machine gun, in forcing the enemy craft to withdraw, thereby extricating his comrade from a perilous situation. Later, upon discovering that an enemy anti-aircraft battery was menacing our forces, Lieutenant Jones, flying at dangerously low altitude, sought out and vigorously attacked the gun positions. Despite the serious damage which his plane had received, he displayed superb airmanship in maintaining control until a safe landing was made aboard the carrier. 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 23, 1914 at Savannah, Georgia
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JONES, RALPH MELGRIM
(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 Ralph Melgrim Jones, 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 SIXTY-FIVE (VC-65), embarked from the U.S.S. ST. LO (CVE-63), during action against major Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Lieutenant Jones' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: April 23, 1914 at Savannah, Georgia
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida
Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII)

JONES, ROBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert Jones, Steward's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as a Petty Officer aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces when his ship was attacked by a Japanese dive bomber from the starboard side of the ship in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 29 October 1944. Trained and assigned to a gun tub on the port side of the INTREPID, Steward's Mate Third Class Jones was in position on 29 October 1944, when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the ship from starboard, aiming directly for Steward's Mate Third Class Jones' position. Grabbing his 20-mm. anti-aircraft gun and pointing it across the flight deck, he immediately began firing. He remained at his post and continued to shoot until the plane finally crashed, its wings shot off, into the gun tub, severely burning the him, injuring others and killing 10 of his fellow gun crew. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

JONES, THOMAS R., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas R. Jones, III, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), 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. BENNINGTON (CV-20), in action on 28 July 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.

JORALMON, DEFOREST QUENTIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Deforest Quentin Joralmon, 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), 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: February 2, 1924 at Prescott, Arizona
Home Town: Oakland, California

JORGENSON, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John H. Jorgenson, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), 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. Ensign Jorgenson's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 25, 1920 at Story City, Iowa
Home Town: Mason City, Iowa

*JOY, DANIEL ALBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Daniel Albert Joy, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with the FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 5 October 1942. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Joy undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: October 11, 1918 at Waltham, Massachusetts
Home Town: Bronx, New York

JOYCE, RICHARD WOOD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Richard Wood Joyce, Shipfitter First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), 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, Shipfitter First Class Joyce 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, Shipfitter First Class Joyce 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.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: February 3, 1922 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

JUKES, HERBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Herbert L. Jukes, 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. KINGFISH (SS-234), in action on 3 and 7 January, during the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine in the Pacific War Area. 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: June 26, 1908 at Sheltonham, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas

JUNK, WINDIELD HIGDON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Windield Higdon Junk, 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 TWENTY-ONE (VT-21), embarked from the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action on 19 October 1944, while deployed over the Central Philippines. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

JURIKA, STEPHEN, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Stephen Jurika, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Navigator 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. Under conditions that made the loss of the ship seem inevitable, 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, Commander Jurika with great calm and cool courage, continued to navigate the ship. The conduct of Commander Jurika 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)

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