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Full Text Citations For Award of
The Navy Cross

 
To U.S. Marines
World War II
(1,032 Awards)

Navy Cross Citations USMC - World War II

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*TANKERSLEY, ORAL L.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company H, 3d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 14, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Oral L. Tankersley, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Demolition Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 14 March 1945. When the front line assault troops were pinned down by intense enemy mortar, machine-gun and rifle fire, Private Tankersley voluntarily left he company command post, obtained a flame thrower from the battalion dump and, on his own initiative, worked his way ahead of the front lines to attack entrenched hostile troops, destroying some of their positions and forcing them to abandon others. Although seriously wounded by Japanese grenades thrown at close range and ordered back to the battalion aid station, he refused to be evacuated. No longer able to carry the flame thrower, he resolutely returned to the company command post, armed himself with an automatic rifle and returned to the front lines to assist the assault platoons. His indomitable fighting spirit, initiative, gallantry and self-sacrificing devotion to duty served as an inspiration to his organization and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 35296 (October 25, 1945)
Born: at West Frankfort, Illinois
Home Town: Middletown, Ohio

*TANNER, KARL
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 1 - 9, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Karl Tanner, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 1 to 9 March 1945. Unhesitatingly assuming command of a company pinned down by shattering hostile machine-gun, mortar and sniper fire emanating from a series of mutually supporting caves and pillboxes, First Lieutenant Tanner fearlessly exposed himself to the withering barrage to continue the attack. Constantly inspiring his men to greater effort despite fierce resistance, he boldly led them forward and, waging furious battle against the fanatic Japanese, maintained his aggressive, determined tactics to drive the enemy 200 yards inland. Fatally struck down by the enemy while conducting a subsequent perilous action on 9 March, First Lieutenant Tanner, by his brilliant and forceful leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and dauntless perseverance in the face of tremendous odds, had contributed essentially to the success of our sustained drive against this vital hostile stronghold and his self-sacrificing devotion to duty throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 32434 (July 12, 1945)
Born: at Mexico City, Mexico
Home Town: Mascot, Tennessee

*TAYLOR, CLIFTON ELLSWORTH
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company F, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 21, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Clifton Ellsworth Taylor, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Leader of a Rifle Platoon of Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. Assuming command of his platoon when the leader and all senior non- commissioned officers became casualties during a savage exchange of hand grenades with the enemy, Platoon Sergeant Taylor effectively reorganized the unit and initiated a fierce assault against the almost impregnable Japanese fortifications at the base of Mount Suribachi, boldly exposing himself to slashing small-arms fire and a devastating hand grenade barrage as he forged ahead in an effort to locate positions vital to the enemy's defensive system. Sharply aware of the futility of ordinary attack methods, he personally made up powerful demolition charges and, working steadily forward under a tremendous volume of mortar fire pouring down from the gun-studded slopes, blasted two connecting trenches and four mortar installations. Determined to insure the annihilation of the hostile gun crew after the explosions, he again crawled forward and threw several live grenades into the mortar pits, silencing all hostile activity and killing or wounding all of the defending enemy, thereby enabling his platoon to occupy the contested strong point and effect the final destruction of the Japanese positions. An aggressive leader and indomitable fighter, Platoon Sergeant Taylor, by his dauntless valor, shrewd tactical skill and tenacious perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, contributed materially to the success of his company's initial operations against this fanatically defended Japanese outpost and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the fierce conflict upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 35851 (September 13, 1945)
Born: at Elletsville, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana

*TAYLOR, HAROLD K.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: October 29 & 31, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Harold K. Taylor, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and outstanding courage while attached to the Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands, October 29 and 31, 1942. Volunteering with five enlisted men to take a patrol into the area west of the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Second Lieutenant Taylor located and put out of action two enemy field pieces, accomplishing this operation under direct observation of the enemy. During a similar patrol into the same area two days later, he and his men were engaged by a well-emplaced, numerically superior enemy force. Understanding the critical situation, Second Lieutenant Taylor ordered the withdrawal of his patrol and, by his brave and skillful direction of this move, made possible the safe return of his entire group although he, himself, was killed during the action. His heroic conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 648 (April 22, 1943)
Home Town: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

*TAYLOR, JAMES E., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company G, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: July 24, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James E. Taylor, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, during the assault and subsequent establishment of a beachhead on the enemy Japanese-held Island of Tinian in the Marianas Group, on 24 July 1944. Immediately commandeering another craft when the boat under his command was disabled while advancing in the initial assault wave, First Lieutenant Taylor successfully gained the beach and rejoined his company and, organizing his platoon under extremely difficult conditions, fearlessly exposed himself to terrific blasts of Japanese machine-gun, mortar and rifle fire as he pushed relentlessly forward, undeterred by stubborn enemy resistance, and waged a bitterly fought battle against the island's ruthless defenders. Sustaining severe wounds in the action which later proved fatal, he resolutely continued to direct the fiercely aggressive operations of his platoon and succeeded in materially extending our limited beachhead before allowing himself to be evacuated for medical treatment. By his forceful leadership, effective combat tactics and tenacious determination in the face of fanatic opposition, First Lieutenant Taylor contributed essentially to the ultimate conquest of this vital Japanese stronghold, and his valiant conduct throughout a period of savage hostilities reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
FMF Pac: Serial 13037 (March 22, 1945)
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*TERRY, MORRIS L.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company F, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 28, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Morris L. Terry, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Leader, serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 28 February 1945. Held up by an overwhelming volume of enemy fire after he had been ordered to seize the high ground to the front of his position, Platoon Sergeant Terry coolly evaluated the stubborn opposition of Japanese fortifications situated between his platoon and the objective, quickly determined his assault tactics as the hostile bunkers and blockhouses continued to deliver an uninterrupted barrage, despite powerful blasts from our mortars and rocket launchers, and immediately requested tank support. Undaunted by the shattering bombardment, he personally guided a tank toward the advantageous firing position but when the intensity of heavy fire forced the armored vehicle to withdraw before reaching a supporting position, directed the crew of a 75-mm. pack howitzer to a vantage point, carrying a part of the heavy weapon and helping to place the gun in action although under continuous blasting fire. Determined to break through the Japanese defenses, he resolutely disregarded the mounting fury of increased fire from all types of hostile weapons to take station in an extremely hazardous forward observation post where he skillfully located and pointed out vulnerable targets for the observer. With the enemy fortifications partially reduced, he swept forward with his platoon under vicious concentrated fire, gained his objective and, reaching the high ground well in advance of his fighting comrades, personally destroyed two savagely resisting pillboxes from which his men were receiving a slashing hail of bullets. Fiercely aggressive, he spurred his men forward until the hostile strong point was completely neutralized and occupied by his intrepid forces. An inspiring leader and indomitable fighter, Platoon Sergeant Terry, by his bold initiative, outstanding valor and shrewd tactics, contributed materially to the crushing defeat of a ruthless enemy and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter conflict upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 35916 (September 17, 1945)
Born: at Oregonia, Ohio
Home Town: Oregonia, Ohio

*TERZI, JOSEPH ANTHONY
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: December 26, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph Anthony Terzi, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island, December 26, 1943. Realizing that the nature of the terrain made a powerful frontal assault necessary when his right assault company was stopped by concentrated enemy rifle and machine-gun fire, Captain Terzi notified his battalion commanding officer of the situation, then boldly led his men in a savage frontal attack, fighting valiantly until he was killed by Japanese fire. By his able strategy and determined aggressiveness, Captain Terzi inspired his men to carry through the assault with much splendid and heroic effort that all enemy resistance was completely destroyed. His forceful initiative, steady courage in a time of great peril and his unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
SPOT AWARD, Com7thFlt: Serial 1291 (SofN Signed September 13, 1944)
Born: at Hoboken, New Jersey
Home Town: Little Neck, Long Island, New York

*THAXTON, J. D.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
3d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to J. D. Thaxton, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as member of the Third Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa, Gilbert islands, November 20, 1943. Voluntarily exposing himself to heavy enemy mortar and sniper fire, Private First Class Thaxton signaled an amphibious tractor by semaphore to come alongside the pier and evacuate his wounded comrades, personally assisting until every man had been removed to safety. Undaunted by his perilous position, he remained in the area to collect abandoned communication equipment and weapons which were urgently needed by our forces. Detailed to deliver a message to his Company Command Post the following day, he was seriously wounded while crossing a heavily fortified area, but, disregarding his intense pain, struggled to his feet and was instrumental in securing medical aid and supplies for casualties of his platoon before collapsing from his wounds. Private First Class Thaxton's great personal valor, heroic self-sacrifice and unswerving devotion to duty reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 917 (March 24, 1944)
Born: at Carrollson, Georgia
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia

*THOMAS, DENNIS F.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: October 8 - 9, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Dennis F. Thomas, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Marine Raider Battalion, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on October 8 - 9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position along the Matanikau River, Private First Class Thomas and other members of his platoon bore the brunt of the heavy enemy assault against their hastily prepared positions. Approximately 150 Japanese, stealing through the dense jungle growth under cover of smoke, fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with automatic weapons, hand grenades, and bayonets. Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against the overwhelming hostile forces, Private First Class Thomas refused to be dislodged from his position and after a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post. His indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Private First Class Thomas gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 01177 (July 30, 1943)
Born: at Barnstable, Massachusetts
Home Town: Barnstable, Massachusetts

*THOMAS, ERNEST I., JR.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 21, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Ernest I. Thomas, Jr., Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Platoon Leader serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty- Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. When his platoon leader was wounded, Platoon Sergeant Thomas assumed command and, before supporting tanks arrived to cover him, led his men in an assault on a fanatically defended and heavily fortified sector at the base of Mount Suribachi. With the tanks unable to proceed over the rough terrain beyond positions seventy-five to one hundred yards at the rear of our attacking forces, Platoon Sergeant Thomas ran repeatedly to the nearest tank and, in a position exposed to heavy and accurate machine-gun and mortar barrages, directed the fire of the tanks against the Japanese pillboxes which were retarding his platoon's advance. After each trip to the tanks, he returned to his men and led them in assaulting and neutralizing enemy emplacements, continuing to advance against the Japanese with a knife as his only weapon after the destruction of his rifle by hostile fire. Under his aggressive leadership, the platoon killed all the enemy in the sector and contributed materially to the eventual capture of Mount Suribachi. His daring initiative, fearless leadership and unwavering devotion to duty were inspiring to those with whom he served and reflect the highest credit upon Platoon Sergeant Thomas and the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 34998 (October 8, 1945)
Born: at Tampa, Florida
Home Town: Tallahassee, Florida

THOMAS, FRANKLIN C., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 211 (VMF-211),
Date of Action: October 16, 1943 - March 29, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Franklin C. Thomas, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in aerial flight as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN (VMF-211), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the South Pacific Area, from 16 October 1943 to 29 March 1944. Flying escort in a daring bomber sweep over the heavily-fortified Rabaul, New Britain Area, on 9 January, Captain Thomas fought his plane with aggressive determination against enemy fighters which rode to intercept the formation and, pressing home a bold attack, shot down two of the Japanese aircraft, probably destroyed two more and damaged a fifth. Defying a superior number of hostile aircraft on another escort mission over the same area on 27 January, he repelled their attack, carrying on the battle with consistent skill and fortitude and destroying three of the intercepting planes. By his cool courage, superb airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty, Captain Thomas contributed essentially to the success of numerous hazardous combat missions and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, SoPacArea: Serial 001538 (SofN Signed September 25, 1947)
Born: at Martinsburg, West Virginia
Home Town: Martinsburg, West Virginia

THOMAS, WILBUR J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 213 (VMF-213),
Date of Action: September 5 - October 14, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Wilbur J. Thomas, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Fighter Pilot attached to Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VMF-213), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area from September 5 to October 14, 1943. When he was attacked by a numerically superior force of Japanese fighters during escort duty for our heavy bombers on a strike against Kahili Airfield, on Bougainville Island, First Lieutenant Thomas expertly maneuvered and fought his plane in a fierce counterattack, shooting down in flames three of the hostile planes. On September 25 in a similar action, he again personally destroyed three enemy aircraft and contributed to the destruction of another. Consistently displaying exception courage and skill throughout subsequent vital missions, he succeeded in bringing down an additional three hostile Zeros and probably two others, and aided in the sinking or destruction of thirteen enemy barges. First Lieutenant Thomas' superb airmanship and heroic devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 02538 (SofN SignedAugust 25, 1944)
Born: at El Dorado, Kansas
Home Town: El Dorado, Kansas

*THOMPSON, WOODROW R.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: October 8 - 9, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Woodrow R. Thompson, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Marine Raider Battalion, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on October 8 - 9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position along the Matanikau River, Sergeant Thompson and other members of his platoon bore the brunt of the heavy enemy assault against their hastily prepared positions. Approximately 150 Japanese, stealing through the dense jungle growth under cover of smoke, fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with automatic weapons, hand grenades, and bayonets. Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against the overwhelming hostile forces, Sergeant Thompson refused to be dislodged from his position and after a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post. His indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Sergeant Thompson gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 01177 (July 30, 1943)
Born: at Belva, West Virginia
Home Town: Bellepoint, West Virginia

*THOSTENSON, THORBORN M.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Thorborn M. Thostenson, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Squad Leader, serving with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. With his squad pinned down by heavy rifle and machine-gun fire emanating from a hostile pillbox manned by eleven Japanese, Sergeant Thostenson boldly advanced alone against the enemy position, throwing hand grenades and proceeding through devastating barrages to the entrance of the emplacement. Placing a demolition charge inside the fortification, he succeeded in destroying the pillbox and in killing all the Japanese occupants, thereby enabling his unit to resume its advance cross the island. By his daring initiative, fearless leadership and gallant devotion to duty in the face of certain peril, Sergeant Thostenson contributed materially to the success of our forces in the bitter fighting on Iwo, and his indomitable fighting spirit and heroic conduct throughout were inspiring to those with whom he served, and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 35426 (November 8, 1945)
Born: at Hanley Falls, Minnesota
Home Town: Hanley Falls, Minnesota

*TICCONI, LEO A.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 1, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Leo A. Ticconi, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Battalion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 1 July 1944. When a terrific blast of enemy machine-gun and mortar fire from caves in a rocky cliff retarded the advance of his company, Private First Class Ticconi, on his own initiative, boldly pressed forward under the withering barrage and, fearlessly advancing up the steep cliff to an advantageous position for attack, hurled two well-placed grenades into the Japanese emplacement. Then, seizing his automatic weapon, he immediately opened fire and, after putting the machine guns out of action, killing all the occupants and five of the enemy attempting to flee the vicinity, continued firing until he was fatally struck down by a hostile grenade. By his daring initiative, his indomitable fighting spirit and great personal valor in the face of grave peril, Private First Class Ticconi enabled his company to continue the advance and destroy all Japanese resistance in that sector. His valiant 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.
CinC Pac: Serial 12645 (January 25, 1945)
Born: at Lyons, New York
Home Town: Niagara Falls, New York

TIMMONS, MAX E.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Battery G, 3d Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 7, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Max E. Timmons, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Battery G, Third Battalion, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944. Advancing fifty yards in front of his battery to an abandoned machine gun, Private First Class Timmons manned this weapon until the ammunition was expended, destroying a hostile machine gun and the personnel operating it before returning to the battery position. Summoning one man to aid him, he retrieved the abandoned enemy gun and brought it back to a point from which he could cover another battery under attack. When his battery withdrew to a more strategic position, Private First Class Timmons voluntarily remained with the machine gun and delivered fire on the Japanese, preventing them from overrunning the other battery's position and enabling his own gun crew to occupy a defensive position with his gun as a base. His unfaltering courage and self-sacrificing devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Timmons and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 8631
Born: at Mt. Sterling, Ohio
Home Town: Mt. Sterling, Ohio

*TIPTON, CALVIN
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 22, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Calvin Tipton, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a member of a Marine Rifle Platoon of Company L, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 22 may 1945. With a Japanese patrol attempting to seize commanding ground and flank his position, Private Tipton voluntarily left his position of comparative safety and, moving forward with extreme courage and determination, concealed himself from the enemy until he had gained an advantageous position for launching his lone attack. Boldly aggressive, he promptly engaged the enemy in fierce combat, accurately hurling his hand grenades and firing his rifle with deadly effect to account for five of the Japanese. Severely wounded during the bitter encounter, he continued his selfless efforts, steadfastly remaining in his position and fighting desperately to hold the enemy until his comrades could drive forward and eliminate the remaining hostile troops. By his daring initiative, great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit maintained in the face of tremendous odds, Private Tipton served as an inspiration to all with whom he served and contributed materially to the success of our forces in capturing this vital Japanese stronghold. His valiant conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 52329 (February 7, 1946)
Born: at Pitts, Kentucky
Home Town: South Irvine, Kentucky

TOBEY, JAMES W.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James W. Tobey, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a member of the Reconnaissance Party of the Second Tank Battalion, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 20 November 1943. When the lane of channel markers laid by his party over a shell-and-bomb-pocked coral reef was swept away, Private Tobey unhesitatingly served as a human marker under intense, persistent enemy fire and, after the tanks had safely reached the island, immediately made his way forward one hundred and fifty yards inside the hostile lines to a disabled tank, guided it back through his own lines to the beach and was highly instrumental in restoring it to operating condition. Private Tobey's splendid initiative, inspiring conduct and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 0647 (SofN Signed January 26, 1948)
Born: at Blue Ridge, Texas
Home Town: Merkel, Texas

TOLER, ROBERT C.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Battalion, 18th Marines (Engineer), 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert C. Toler, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Battalion, Eighteenth Marines (Engineer), Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, on 20 November 1943. Organizing his platoon and directing vigorous attacks against strong enemy positions blocking the movement of our forces, Sergeant Toler braved intense hostile barrages to lead his men in destroying or neutralizing the most important Japanese fortifications with demolitions and flame throwers, thereby clearing the way for our advancing troops. A fearless and undaunted leader, Sergeant Toler voluntarily performed forward reconnaissance at grave personal risk, remaining in dangerous positions in order to select targets for his platoon's fire. By his daring initiative, cool courage and unswerving devotion to duty during combat with a ruthless and fanatic enemy, he contributed to the success of our bitterly fought offensive on Tarawa. His indomitable spirit and heroic conduct throughout were inspiring to those with whom he served and reflect the highest credit upon Sergeant Toler and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 01101 (SofN Signed September 13, 1947)
Born: at Versailles, Missouri
Home Town: San Diego, California

TOLLEY, CECIL E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: July 25, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Cecil E. Tolley, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Tinian, Marianas Islands, 25 July 1944. During a furious hostile counterattack, the enemy hurled hand grenades into the machine-gun position that Private Tolley held, seriously wounding him and two other Marines. Despite his painful wounds, Private Tolley courageously dragged himself to the machine gun and, loading the piece with one hand, fired four boxes of ammunition before becoming unconscious. By his gallant and selfless action, he succeeded in annihilating a number of the enemy and aided materially in repulsing the counterattack. Private Tolley's personal valor, aggressive fighting spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 19629
Born: at Calhoun City, Mississippi
Home Town: Calhoun City, Mississippi

*TOMLINSON, MARK
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Mark Tomlinson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Leader attached to the First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, November 20, 1943. In the face of heavy enemy machine-gun and mortar fire, Second Lieutenant Tomlinson voluntarily rode the turret of a tank directing constant fire on well camouflaged, entrenched hostile machine-gun emplacements obstructing the advance of his rifle platoon. After successfully neutralizing the enemy in that sector, he rejoined his platoon and moved forward with his unit until fired upon from additional Japanese entrenchments. Repeatedly returning to the tank turret, Second Lieutenant Tomlinson silenced numerous hostile weapons before he was fatally wounded while disembarking from the tank to rejoin his platoon. By his relentless fighting spirit, daring aggressiveness and heroic self-sacrifice, Second Lieutenant Tomlin enabled our forces to deliver a timely and devastating blow to the opposition and contributed to the saving of many lives. His cool courage under fire and unswerving devotion to duty were an inspiration to the men of his command and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 917 (March 24, 1944)
Born: at Poynette, Wisconsin
Home Town: Portge, Wisconsin

TOMPKINS, RATHVON MCC.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 17, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Rathvon McC. Tompkins, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 17 June 1944. Summoned from a distant section of the front when the commanding officer of a hard-pressed battalion became a casualty, Lieutenant Colonel Tompkins found that the unit's advance had been held up by a swamp heavily infested with Japanese snipers, a cliff honeycombed with powerful hostile gun emplacements, and an elaborate trench system in a cocoanut grove. Determined to seize these terrain features before dusk, he unhesitatingly risked his life to make a hasty reconnaissance of the front lines. Rallying the weary troops who had fought bitterly all day with but slight gain, he skillfully disposed his tanks for maximum combat efficiency and led his men in a brilliantly executed attack against these vital objectives, waging battle with relentless fury and reducing the Japanese strongpoints according to plan. An inspiring leader, Lieutenant Colonel Tompkins, by his bold tactics, decisive judgment and indomitable fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming opposition, contributed essentially to the ultimate conquest of this important enemy base, and his great personal valor and constant devotion to duty throughout a period of fierce hostilities reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 6067 (SofN Signed May 26, 1945)
Born: at Boulder, Colorado
Home Town: Denver, Colorado

TORIAN, PAUL T.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 24, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Paul T. Torian, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 24 November 1943. Upon receiving orders to assume command of a company on his left flank which had become disorganized and immobilized during an attack against a strongly entrenched enemy position, leaving the left flank of the battalion unprotected, Captain Torian unhesitatingly proceeded toward the disorganized unit approximately five hundred yards distant and, although in full view of the Japanese and under constant, accurate gunfire, arrived safely in the vicinity of the company's position. Finding it surrounded, with thirty-five men wounded men lying out in the open and vulnerable to the enemy's accurate fire, Captain Torian penetrated the Japanese lines and, promptly organizing the survivors for an immediate counterattack, succeeded in breaking the enemy encirclement. Then, carrying the wounded with him, he led the company to a position from which it could again offer protection to the battalion's left flank. By his gallant leadership, personal valor and selfless devotion to the fulfillment of a hazardous mission, Captain Torian contributed materially to the success of our forces in this strategic area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
ComSoPac: Serial 00369 (July 11, 1946)
Born: at Evansville, Indiana
Home Town: Evansville, Indiana

TOWNE, HARRY
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company I, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Harry Towne, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 27 February 1945. During an attack on the heavily defended enemy positions guarding the southern approaches to Hill 362, Corporal Towne led his men in a successful assault against the commanding ground studded with pillboxes and caves. Severely wounded during a furious Japanese counterattack, he continued to direct the fire of his squad by voice and arm signals and, constantly exposing himself to heavy hostile fire, threw hand grenades until he was exhausted and the counterattack repelled. His unselfish courage and zealous devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Towne and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 45501
Born: at Madison, Wisconsin
Home Town: Madision, Wisconsin

TRACEY, WARREN HERBERT
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Reconnaissance Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 18, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Warren Herbert Tracey, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving in a platoon of Reconnaissance Company, Division Headquarters Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 18 September 1944. Leading his platoon in an attack against a group of enemy pillboxes in this area, Gunnery Sergeant Tracey launched an attack with hand grenades to destroy three machine guns. When a hostile hand grenade landed in the immediate vicinity of his squad leader, endangering his life, he immediately rushed to the man and shielding him with his own body, saved the Marine's life, although he himself was severely wounded by the exploding grenade. By his courage, initiative and gallant devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Tracey contributed to the success of his mission and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 8584 (SofN Signed November 26, 1947)
Born: at Flint, Michigan
Home Town: Flint, Michigan

TRAFTON, LOUIS W.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company I, 3d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: July 4, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Louis W. Trafton, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 4 July 1944. A gallant and determined fighter, Private Trafton fearlessly and single-handedly charged into an enemy cave containing approximately fifteen Japanese soldiers and annihilated the entire group. On another occasion, he forced his way into a cave and destroyed five of the enemy. Throughout the entire campaign, he distinguished himself on repeated patrols in front of the lines by destroying several machine guns and killing numerous hostile riflemen. His resolute fortitude in the face of danger, indomitable spirit and unwavering devotion to duty reflect he highest credit upon Private Trafton and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 12737
Born: at Guilford, Maine
Home Town: Guilford, Maine

TROWBRIDGE, EUGENE A.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMF-223),
Date of Action: August 20 - September 16, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Eugene A. Trowbridge, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as member of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-223), in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area from August 20 to September 16, 1942. throughout that strenuous period when the Guadalcanal airfield was under constant bombardment and our shore establishments in the area were menaced by the desperate counter thrusts of a fanatical foe, Second Lieutenant Trowbridge repeatedly intercepted persistent bombing flights. With bold determination and courageous disregard of personal safety, he pressed home numerous attacks against heavily escorted waves of invading bombers and, in five vigorous fights against tremendous odds, shot down a total of six Japanese planes. His superb flying skill and dauntless initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 0750 (SofN Signed November 20, 1943)
Born: at Havre, Montana
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota

TUCKER, FRANK A.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 1, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Frank A. Tucker, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the invasion of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, on 1 February 1944. When the Forward Echelon of his company was pinned down by the cross fire of enemy machine guns, Sergeant Tucker fearlessly exposed himself to the withering hail which continued to cause heavy casualties among his comrades and, calmly opening fire with his rifle, directed a deadly fusillade against the enemy, killing numerous Japanese. Concerned only for the safety of his comrades, he remained steadfast in his dangerously vulnerable position until the wounded were pulled into nearby shell holes and an adequate defense had been established. By his great personal valor and unwavering devotion to duty throughout this critical engagement, Sergeant Tucker saved the lives of many of his comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC pac: Serial 2788 (February 10, 1948)
Born: at Hugo, Oklahoma
Home Town: Hugo, Oklahoma

TURNAGE, ALLEN H.
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 1 - 27, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Allen H. Turnage, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding General of the Landing Force of the Third Marine Division (Reinforced), during the establishment of a beachhead in the Solomon Islands Area from November 1 to November 27, 1943. Leading his command with intrepidity and daring aggressiveness, major General Turnage frequently exposed himself to heavy enemy gunfire throughout the landing and operations essential to the attainment and consolidation of the final beachhead line at Empress August Bay, Bougainville Island. His conspicuous courage, distinguished leadership and resolute devotion to duty throughout this period were an inspiration to the officers and men in his command and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 0049 (SofN Signed September 5, 1944)
Born: 1/3/1891 at Farmville, North Carolina
Home Town: Farmville, North Carolina

*TURNBULL, ROBERT B.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 24, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert B. Turnbull, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, 24 November 1943. When his company was delayed on the left flank by strong enemy resistance during the furious battle waged at Piva Forks, Captain Turnbull personally reconnoitered the hazardous area, locating two heavily fortified, deeply entrenched machine-gun emplacements. Immediately leading a detachment in a flanking movement, he closed in on the first of the two deadly weapons and, hurling powerful hand grenades, succeeded in annihilating the position. Unable to approach the second installation, he fearlessly exposed himself to the clear view of the Japanese, boldly attracting their merciless, concentrated fire to himself as his automatic riflemen advanced unnoticed to launch a sudden attack and destroy the second machine gun, thereby releasing the left flank from siege and enabling the company to continue the relentless drive against a fanatic and ruthless enemy. Fatally struck down during the fierce action, Captain Turnbull, by his brilliant leadership, expert tactical skill and indomitable fighting spirit in the face of savage, unceasing opposition, contributed essentially to the success of his regiment in annihilating an entire Japanese regiment and to the ultimate conquest of this vital enemy stronghold. His great personal valor and decisive conduct throughout a period of bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 4122 (April 23, 1945)
Born: at Lawrenceville, Virginia
Home Town: lawrenceville, Virginia

*TWEEDY, ALBERT W., JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Albert W. Tweedy, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Second Lieutenant Tweedy, in the face of withering fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to a perilously low altitude before releasing his bomb. Since he failed to return to his base and is mission in action, there can be no doubt, under conditions attendant to the Battle of Midway, that he gave up his life in the defense of his country. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Yonkers, New York
Home Town: Hingham, Massachusetts

TYLER, MARSHALL A.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4 & 5, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Marshall A. Tyler, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Leader of a Division of airplanes in Marine Scout-bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway. On a night operation against the invading enemy fleet on June 4, 1942, Major Tyler, then Captain, flying four hundred miles over water in total darkness and through adverse conditions, brought all of the planes of his division safely back to their base. Early on June 5, 1942, he led the remnants of his squadron in a dive-bombing assault on a Japanese battleship, pressing home his attack in the face of blasting anti-aircraft fire until the enemy vessel was severely damaged by one direct hit and one near miss. His courageous leadership and exemplary devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Washington County, Rhode Island
Home Town: Kingston, Rhode Island

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UNGER, WILLIAM THOMAS
Platoon sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company B, 5th Tank Battalion, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 20, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William Thomas Unger, Platoon sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company B, Fifth Tank Battalion, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 20 February 1945. Upon observing that an accompanying tank had been hit and disabled by enemy fire, Platoon Sergeant Unger immediately brought his vehicle to a halt and covered the evacuation of the other tank's crew although Japanese infantry were close by and a hostile antitank gun was maintaining a constant attack on both tanks. When it became impossible for his tank's weapons to cover all the sources of enemy small-arms fire, he opened his tank hatch and, at the risk of his life, augmented the tank's weapons by firing on the Japanese with his pistol. Continuing his efforts until the evacuation was completed, he then attacked the antitank gun, destroying the gun, crew and about twenty other enemy in the vicinity. His leadership, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 45500
Born: at Belvedere, Kansas
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas

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VAHLE, RALPH W.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Marines (Rein.), V Amphibious Corps
Date of Action: June 24, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Ralph W. Vahle, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Scout of Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines (Reinforced), Fifth Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 24 June 1944. When his company's advance was halted by the fire of three hostile machine guns after he had killed the two riflemen guarding them, Corporal Vahle crawled from his position beneath the lane of fire to within five yards of one of the Japanese guns and, with two hand grenades, destroyed it. Wounded by hand grenades hurled by troops manning the other two guns, he heroically continued to advance and, with five more grenades, put the enemy guns out of action and permitted his company to continue the attack and seize its objective. By his courage and daring, he contributed materially to the success of our forces, and his zealous devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 6887
Born: at Jerseyville, Illinois
Home Town: Jerseyville, Illinois

VALENTINE, HERBERT J.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 312 (VMF-312), Marine Air Group 33 (MAG-33),
Date of Action: May 25, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Herbert J. Valentine, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Division Leader in Marine Fighting Squadron THREE HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-312), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Ryukyu Islands Area, on 25 May 1945. Leading his division in a bold attack against a numerically superior force of enemy fighter and bomber aircraft, Captain Valentine skillfully maneuvered his plane for maximum striking power and, pressing home his attack, shot down five of the hostile planes, probably destroyed a sixth and assisted in the destruction of another. By his courageous leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, he aided materially in the destruction of the entire Japanese group, thereby preventing damage to friendly ships and airfields. His skilled airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, AirForPac: Serial 2110
Born: at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington

*VAN BEEST, WILLIAM H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 13, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William H. Van Beest, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against the enemy on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 13 March 1945. First Lieutenant Van Beest having taken over an infantry company after the company commander had been wounded was confronted by the enemy final defensive position which had resisted attack despite attempts on five successive days. Going forward, accompanied by a tank officer, he first reconnoitered the terrain. Then, personally leading the tanks, Lieutenant Van Beest began a tank infantry assault on the position. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Van Beest continuously made his way from one platoon to another despite a withering hail of mortar and small arms fire. He ascertained what targets were holding up the attack and then personally directed the flame throwing and other tanks until the resisting emplacements had been destroyed. Lieutenant Van Beest continued these actions until the enemy final defensive line had been broken. As a result a gain of 300 yards was made possible toward the extreme northern end of the island. Lieutenant Van Beest's actions were not only an inspiration to all who saw him on this day but resulted in the destruction of 17 enemy emplacements containing machine guns and the death of 98 enemy personnel. Lieutenant Van Beest's conduct on this and many similar occasions until he was seriously wounded was in accordance with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Nobles County, Minnesota
Home Town: Little Rock, Iowa

VAN DAELE, GEORGE
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: June 17, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George Van Daele, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Group Leader of Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 17 June 1945. When his unit deployed to accomplish its assigned mission of securing commanding ground on the flank of a newly won Regimental objective, Private First Class Van Daele moved up the slope toward the objective and reached the peak just as a sudden burst of fire from a perfectly concealed hostile pillbox severely wounded an automatic rifleman who was in additional danger from an enemy grenade which landed near him. Unhesitatingly throwing himself across the wounded man, he successfully protected the casualty from the fragments caused by the explosion of the weapon. Immediately opening fire into the aperture of the pillbox, he succeeded in neutralizing the Japanese fire and enabling a flame thrower to engage the emplacement and destroy its occupants, thereby permitting the attack to continue. His resourcefulness and courageous initiative in voluntarily risking his life to save that of another reflect the highest credit on Private First Class Van Daele and the United States Naval Service.
FMF Pac: Serial 79496 (November 30, 1948)
Born: at Ivanhoe, Minnesota
Home Town: Rhame, North Dakota

*VAN DYKE, WILLIAM H.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 22, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William H. Van Dyke, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, on 22 February 1945. When his company's attack was stopped by concentrated antitank and artillery fire from a high ridge to the front, Platoon Sergeant Van Dyke unhesitatingly attempted to lead his platoon up the high ground to assist the adjacent platoon. Though the company's automatic weapons had been rendered inoperative by rain and sand, he pressed forward until enemy gunfire disabled two supporting tanks to his immediate front. Persistent in his valiant efforts to deliver supporting fire, Sergeant Van Dyke attempted to mount the crippled tank but was struck down by the enemy. His great personal valor and aggressive fighting spirit in the face of tremendous odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 32433 (July 19, 1945)
Born: at Kalamazoo, Michigan
Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan

VAN ORDEN, GEORGE O.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Executive Officer, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 1, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George O. Van Orden, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of the Third Marines, Third Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Cape Torokina Area, Solomon Islands, on November 1, 1943. Landing in a free boat which was repeatedly struck by enemy fire during its approach to the beach, Lieutenant Colonel Van Orden discovered our fighting units in disorder and, fearlessly exposing himself to hostile gun emplacements, promptly reorganized the forces, appointed new leaders and reestablished control, enabling our troops to continue the attack. Later, when severe enemy machine-gun fire drove the shore party from the beach and interrupted ship unloading activities essential to the success of our landing operations, he unhesitatingly proceeded to the area and, with utter disregard for his own safety, inspired and encouraged the men to complete their vital task. Lieutenant Colonel Van Orden's intrepid leadership and resolute devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 00191 (SofN Signed October 23, 1944)
Born: at Pensacola, Florida
Home Town: New Hope, Pennsylvania

VANCE, EUGENE S.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Date of Action: July 22, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Eugene S. Vance, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on the island of Guam, Marianas Group, on 22 July 1944. While serving with an assault engineer platoon, Private First Class Vance was under heavy enemy mortar and rifle fire. An enemy grenade fell near him and his platoon leader and his platoon chief. With complete disregard for his own safety he grasped the grenade in an effort to throw it clear of the others but the grenade exploded and he lost his right hand as a result. His heroic action saved the lives of two men and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

VANDEGRIFT, ALEXANDER ARCHER
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: August 7, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Alexander Archer Vandegrift, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished devotion to duty as Commander of all ground troops in action with enemy Japanese forces during the attack on the Solomon Islands, August 7, 1942. Though subjected to intense enemy opposition, Major General Vandegrift led his command in superbly coordinated operations with the result that all objectives were captured and opposing enemy Japanese forces destroyed. His fine spirit of leadership and his courageous determination throughout the engagement were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD (October 1942)
Born: 3/13/1887 at Charlottesville, Virginia
Home Town: Charlottesville, Virginia
Other Award: Medal of Honor (WWII)

VARGAS, SALVADOR
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 12, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Salvador Vargas, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Runner of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 12 March 1945. While delivering a message to the front lines, Private Vargas observed that his company was receiving intense machine-gun fire and suffering heavy casualties from several enemy pillboxes. Courageously exposing himself to the heavy hostile fire, he voluntarily advanced ahead of the front lines and, working his way to one of the pillboxes, silenced it with fragmentation and smoke grenades. Then, proceeding to another one of the enemy emplacements, he neutralized it in the same manner and annihilated the occupants. Although painfully wounded in the chest and left leg, he continued through the withering machine-gun fire and, using hand grenades, completely destroyed the third pillbox. When his company moved forward to his position, he refused evacuation until ordered to the rear by his Commanding Officer. By his daring and aggressive action, he saved the lives of many of his comrades and was responsible for the rapid advance of his company in that sector. His indomitable fighting spirit, courageous initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 101473
Born: at Rancho Santa Fe, California
Home Town: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

VAUGHT, ORVILLE O.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Orville O. Vaught, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Fire Team Leader in a Rifle Squad of Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 27 February 1945. When his company's advance was held up by strong hostile fortifications, Corporal Vaught voluntarily and courageously crawled thirty yards forward in the face of intense enemy machine gun fire and, with his Fire Team covering his advance, neutralized the Japanese emplacement by hurling a hand grenade and annihilating the occupants. Although sustaining a severe chest wound, he aggressively continued forward to a large enemy emplacement housing a coast defense weapon which was delivering fire into our rear areas. He then threw a demolition charge into this position, rendered the weapon inoperable and killed the gun crew. After rejoining his squad, Corporal Vaught steadfastly refused to be evacuated until ordered to do so by his Platoon Leader. His personal valor, determination and gallant fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 47151
Born: at Magnolia, Texas
Home Town: Magnolia, Texas

VAUPELL, ROBERT W.
(First Award)
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4 & 5, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert W. Vaupell, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4 and 5, 1942. Participating in a search and attack mission against an enemy aircraft carrier, First Lieutenant Vaupell, then Second Lieutenant, brought his plane back to its base under extremely adverse weather conditions. The following day, at great personal risk in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire, he took part in an assault which resulted in the severe damaging of a Japanese battleship. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: 10/14/1917 at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington
Other Award: Navy Cross w/Gold Star (WWII)

VAUPELL, ROBERT W.
(Second Award)
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Air Group 23 (MAG-23),
Date of Action: August 30 - October 8, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert W. Vaupell, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot attached to Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23) during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, August 30 to October 8, 1942. During a hazardous scouting mission, First Lieutenant Vaupell established contact with an enemy cruiser and three destroyers and, despite persistent attacks by aircraft serving as a protective cover for the vessels, he remained in an exposed position while the information was relayed to his base, Then, although suffering acutely from personal injuries, he fought his plane through intense anti-aircraft fire against enemy aircraft to deliver an attack on the hostile force. During the ensuing engagement, he destroyed one enemy plane. In four other flights, First Lieutenant Vaupell participated in vigorous attacks on a total of two cruisers and nine destroyers, inflicting serious damage on these warships. His superlative courage, unconquerable fighting spirit, and valiant disregard for his own personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 821 (SofN Signed September 28, 1943)
Born: 10/14/1917 at Seattle, Washington
Home Town: Seattle, Washington
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWII)

*VENERI, GEORGE T.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
21st Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: February 28, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George T. Veneri, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as an Automatic Rifleman, serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 28 February 1945. Taking the initiative when hostile mortar and machine gun fire halted the advance of his platoon, Private First Class Veneri armed himself with rifle and grenades and, boldly exposing himself to the full view of the enemy, moved forward alone under the continuous Japanese barrages to a position from which he could effectively cover the reorganization of the platoon and the evacuation of the wounded. Coming upon two enemy gun nests as he proceeded, Private First Class Veneri promptly hurled his grenades toward the hostile guns, silencing both weapons and killing the crews. Although mortally wounded in the fierce exchange of hostilities, he resolutely refused evacuation and rendered further valiant service as his platoon continued the attack. By his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit and perseverance in the face of tremendous odds, Private First Class Veneri contributed materially to the fulfillment of his company's mission, and his conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 35795 (September 27, 1945)
Born: at Springfield, Illinois
Home Town: Springfield, Illinois

VILLA, ALBERT M.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Albert M. Villa, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Machine Gun Section Leader and as an Acting Rifle Platoon Leader of Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 27 February 1945. During an attack against a strongly fortified hill position when the Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant became casualties, Sergeant Villa immediately assumed command and, although subjected to intense machine-gun, rifle and grenade fire, led his men in the attack. As the first man to reach the top of the hill, he threw grenades at the enemy fortifications and directed the platoon into commanding positions. When a flame thrower operator was wounded, he reduced two hostile machine gun positions. Then, crawling back to his platoon, he led three demolitionists to newly located Japanese emplacements and, although wounded, refused medical attention and evacuation until his mission had been accomplished. His courage, intrepid spirit and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Sergeant Villa and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 48443 (SofN Signed January 22, 1948)
Born: at Pinos Altos, New Mexico
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

*VINCENT, JAMES KIERNAN
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company K, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James Kiernan Vincent, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader in a Rifle Platoon of Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. Promptly assuming charge when his platoon leader was struck down in front of friendly lines, Private First Class Vincent led his squad in a determined assault against enemy coastal emplacements along the fiercely-defended shores of Iwo Jima, strategically deploying his men for maximum supporting fire as he courageously crawled to the aid of his leader and carried him to safety. Returning to his squad, Private First Class Vincent, skillfully maneuvering to a position behind a Japanese pillbox while under the protective fire of his team, attacked and killed the hostile gun crew before he himself was mortally wounded. His inspiring leadership, heroic unselfishness and unwavering devotion to duty enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 34874 (September 28, 1945)
Born: at Baysite, New York
Home Town: Plandome, Long Island, New York

VOGEL, HUGH A.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Weapons Company, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Date of Action: May 20, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Hugh A. Vogel, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Reconnaissance Non-Commissioned Officer in a Platoon of Weapons Company, Fourth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 20 May 1945. Assigned the mission of observing enemy fire in order to direct the fire of his own platoon, Corporal Vogel coolly advanced beyond the front lines to gain better observation despite heavy hostile machine-gun and mortar fire. Coming upon a Japanese dual-purpose 13-mm. weapon, he quickly annihilated the crew, captured the gun and turned it upon the enemy, destroying a mortar position and killing all the members of the mortar crew. After the successful completion of this mission, he bravely proceeded to attack two enemy-held caves during the hours of darkness and successfully destroyed these two positions and their occupants with demolition charges. His outstanding courage, gallant initiative and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Vogel and the United States Naval Service.
FMF Pac: Serial 85999
Born: at Tacoma, Washington
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington

VOSS, CLAIR HORTON
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Clair Horton Voss, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while attached to a Platoon of Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 27 February 1945. Although several previous attempts had failed to destroy a pillbox which had pinned down his platoon with heavy machine-gun fire during its advance toward the high ground to its immediate front, Second Lieutenant Voss realized that the enemy position was holding up the advance of the entire company. Arming himself with hand grenades and demolitions, he crawled forward to the rear of the pillbox where he succeeded in silencing the machine gun with hand grenades. Despite the heavy machine-gun fire from adjacent hostile positions, he approached the pillbox, climbed to the top and completely annihilated the remaining Japanese personnel with a demolition charge. By his initiative and courage, he made possible the continued advance of his company, and his gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: 9/16/1920 at Antigo, Wisconsin
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

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WADE, ROBERT
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 323 (VMF-323),
Date of Action: May 4, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert Wade, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-323), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 4 May 1945. Flying at wingman on combat air patrol, Second Lieutenant Wade and his Section Leader pursued an enemy bomber- type aircraft which led them to a hostile force of approximately twenty-five suicide dive bombers headed for friendly shipping off Okinawa. Undaunted by the formidable array, he alternated with his Section Leader in making repeated runs on the hostile formations and, fighting his plane gallantly, shot down four of the Japanese craft and damaged three others, finally joining his companion in scattering the remnants of the devastated flight. His indomitable fighting spirit, courageous airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 89843 (SofN Signed January 26, 1948)
Born: at Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

*WALKER, GORDON K.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 7, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Gordon K. Walker, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Third Marine Division in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Koromokina River Area, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands, on November 7, 1943. During an attack against strong enemy positions entrenched in heavily overgrown jungle terrain, Private Walker voluntarily, and in the face of almost certain death, entered hostile lines to determine the location of concealed machine-gun emplacements. Killing a Japanese soldier who attacked and seriously wounded him on his way back to his own lines, he successfully returned and reported the location of an emplacement. Realizing the importance of a speedy attack, Private Walker refused medical attention and, although suffering severe pain, made two further reconnaissances, locating gun positions on each occasion before he collapsed from his wounds. Private Walker's valiant conduct and self-sacrificing efforts undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 00315 (March 27, 1944)
Born: at Muskegon, Michigan
Home Town: Flint, Michigan

WALKER, JOHN T.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 22d Marines (Rein.), Tactical Group-1, V Amphibious Corps
Date of Action: February 18 & 22, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John T. Walker, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), attached to Tactical Group-1, Fifth Amphibious Corps, during the assault against enemy Japanese-held Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 18 and 22, 1944. Placing his command in action against determined and desperate resistance, Colonel Walker led the assault against the Island of Engebi on 18 February. In the fierce hand-to-hand fighting that followed, the Twenty-Second Marines killed the defending garrison of approximately one thousand Japanese, effecting the reduction and capture of the island in about six hours. Four days later the regiment under Colonel Walker's command invaded Parry Island, destroying over a thousand defenders in desperate close-in fighting and capturing the island on which was based the Eniwetok Headquarters of the Japanese Army. By his gallantry in action, his courageous and forceful leadership and his calm disregard for his own personal safety under terrific fire of the enemy, Colonel Walker was directly instrumental in neutralizing an important hostile stronghold, and his distinguished service throughout the operations was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 01446 (SofN Signed April 3, 1945)
Born: at Azle, Texas
Home Town: Azle, Texas

*WALLACE, FRED MARTIN
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 14, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Fred Martin Wallace, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Tank Platoon Leader, attached to Company A, First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 14 May 1945. Supporting an advance on a vital enemy position and supervising the evacuation of wounded infantrymen by tanks of his platoon, First Lieutenant Wallace ordered the evacuation covered by fire from his tank, leaped to the ground, and proceeded on foot in the face of a barrage of hostile artillery, mortar and small-arms fire to search a sector of the front lines for casualties. Despite continued heavy enemy fire, he hurriedly aided three wounded infantrymen to the back of his tank and although fatally wounded himself by fire from a Japanese antitank weapon, shielded the helpless men with his own body until the tank arrived at a medical aid station. His courage, unswerving devotion to duty and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice inspired his own and infantry troops to make a successful coordinated attack and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 032400 (November 5, 1945)
Born: at Springfield, Ohio
Home Town: Springfield, Ohio

WALLOF, EDWARD J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Fighting Squadron 511 (VMF-511), U.S.S. Block Island
Date of Action: May 15, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Edward J. Wallof, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Marine Fighting Squadron FIVE HUNDRED ELEVEN (VMF-511), attached to the U.S.S. Block Island, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Hirara Airfield, Miyako Shima, Sakashima Gunto, on 15 May 1945. When a hostile antiaircraft shell exploded in the cockpit of his plane severely lacerating his face and completely blinding his left eye, First Lieutenant Wallof bravely continued his attack to fire six rockets at his objective, a radio station and then, holding a pressure bandage to his face, flew one hundred miles back to his ship. Leaning out from his cockpit in order to see the vessel, he skillfully brought his plane in to a successful landing, thereby saving a critically needed aircraft for future operations. His outstanding courage, superb airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Wallof and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, ComAirForPac: Serial 06344 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948)
Born: at Redcliff, Alberta, Canada
Home Town: , California

WALT, LEWIS WILLIAM
(First Award)
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
3d Battalion, 5th Marines (Rein.), 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: January 10, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lewis William Walt, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while attached to the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines (Reinforced), First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Borgen Bay Area, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on January 10, 1944. When all six members of a 37-mm. gun crew were killed or wounded while moving the weapon up the steep slope of a ridge to provide support for advanced assault units pinned down by heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Colonel Walt unhesitatingly rushed forward alone and, completely disregarding his own personal safety, began to push the gun up the hill. Inspired by his initiative and valor, several other men came to his assistance and laboriously worked their way up the slope in the face of terrific hostile fire until the gun was in position to enfilade the enemy lines. Courageously leading his men against five counterattacks made by the Japanese during the night in an effort to regain control of one end of the ridge, Lieutenant Colonel Walt enabled his forces to repulse the attacks with great losses to the enemy and, resuming the battle the next morning, skillfully directed the battalion in the capture of the entire ridge. By his brilliant leadership and expert tactical knowledge, Lieutenant Colonel Walt contributed materially to the success of our forces in this area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Com7thFlt: Serial 0879 (SofN Signed September 29, 1944)
Born: at Waubaunsee, Kansas
Home Town: Fort Collins, Colorado
Other Award: Navy Cross w/Gold Star (WWII)

WALT, LEWIS WILLIAM
(Second Award)
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Executive Officer, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 15 - 30, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lewis William Walt, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of the Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, from 15 to 30 September 1944. When the Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion was wounded and the Executive Officer killed during an engagement with the enemy in thick jungle on the evening of 15 September, Lieutenant Colonel Walt assumed command of the Battalion and, by his aggressive and tireless leadership in the face of hostile small-arms, mortar and artillery fire, reorganized the Battalion and enabled it to repulse a heavy Japanese counterattack during the night and push forward to its objective the following morning. On the morning of 20 September, as Regimental Executive Officer, he made his way to the northern tip of the island to direct the installation of a gun and, although under heavy sniper and machine-gun fire, remained at the gun and supervised the firing on a cave until this strong point was neutralized. His courage and inspiring leadership throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00598
Born: at Waubaunsee, Kansas
Home Town: Fort Collins, Colorado
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWII)

*WALTON, MERRITT C.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: August 7, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Merritt C. Walton, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as member of the First Parachute Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Gavutu, Solomon Islands, August 7, 1942. Although fully aware of his extreme personal danger, Platoon Sergeant Walton voluntarily proceeded to reconnoiter the position of a hostile machine gun which threatened his platoon's right flank. After skillfully spotting the weapon's location, he courageously participated in a daring attack and realized success in silencing this deadly menace before he died of fatal wounds. Platoon Sergeant Walton's unflinching determination and unconquerable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
SPOT AWARD, ComSoPac: Serial 1113 (SofN Signed December 4, 1943)
Born: at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: Sutton, Nebraska

*WANTUCK, JOHN J.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
9th Defense Battalion,
Date of Action: July 17, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John J. Wantuck, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a member of an Anti-Aircraft unit, attached to the Ninth Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, at Zanana Beach, New Georgia Island, in action against enemy Japanese forces on July 17, 1943. With the entire American occupation force endangered by approaching hostile troops intent on recapturing the beachhead, Private Wantuck and a comrade unhesitatingly volunteered to man two light machine guns in a desperate effort to defend the inadequately protected position. Relying solely upon the doubtful performance of a weapon taken from a salvage pile, Private Wantuck coolly waited through the night for the enemy to approach within easy range and then opened fire. As a result of his courageous and daring strategy, morning light disclosed six dead Japanese in the vicinity, evidence that twelve to fifteen more dead or wounded had been carried off and that an enemy 90-MM mortar crew had been wiped out. Private Wantuck was found lying near his gun but the Japanese force had been completely disorganized. His valiant spirit of self-sacrifice and his steadfast devotion to the accomplishment of a dangerous mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 002110 (December 9, 1943)
Born: 11/26/1923 at Elmira, New York
Home Town: Elmira, New York

*WARD, MAURICE ANDREW
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Maurice Andrew Ward, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Second Lieutenant War, in the face of withering fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to a perilously low altitude before releasing his bomb. Since he failed to return to his base and is mission in action, there can be no doubt, under conditions attendant to the Battle of Midway, that he gave up his life in the defense of his country. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Kansas City, Missouri
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri

WARNER, ARTHUR TRUMBULL
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 215 (VMF-215),
Date of Action: January 14, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Arthur Trumbull Warner, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN (VMF-215), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, on 14 January 1944. When his formation was attacked by approximately fifty enemy planes during a strike deep in Japanese territory, Captain Warner pressed home a series of devastating attacks on the hostile planes. Shooting down three in flames, he disabled a fourth and cause it to crash into the water and explode. By his airmanship and devotion to duty, he enabled his division to protect our bombers from the intercepting enemy planes and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SomSoPac: Serial 001250 (June 19, 1947)

WARNER, GORDON
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 1 & 7, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Gordon Warner, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Battalion Liaison Officer and later as Commanding Officer of Company B, Third Marines, Third Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands, November 1 and 7, 1943. Landing at Cape Torokina on the heavily defended enemy beach, Captain Warner unhesitatingly rushed ashore, planted an American Flag on the beach and, taunting the Japanese in their own language to come out and get it, so aroused the enemy forces that they opened fire and threw grenades at him, thus revealing their carefully camouflaged positions. Personally accounting for several enemy dead in the ensuing action, Captain Warner then charged through the hostile positions and, organizing a small group of Marines at the rear, led them in successful attacks on the Japanese bunkers. During the battle at the Koromokina River on November 7, he directed his company in fierce combat with counterattacking enemy forces and, while guiding a tank to the concealed hostile machine-gun emplacements he had discovered by repeating his heroic challenging tactics, was suddenly fired upon at extremely close range by the only remaining gun. As he collapsed to the ground, the tank proceeded on and crushed the enemy weapon. Captain Warner's gallant leadership and valiant conduct were an inspiration to the men of his command and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 00317 (SofN Signed August 26, 1944)
Born: at Pasadena, California
Home Town: Long Beach, California

WARREN, FOREST B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 322 (VMF-322),
Date of Action: May 13, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Forest B. Warren, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a Fighter Plane and Section Leader in Marine Fighting Squadron THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (VMF-322), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Ryukyu Islands Area, on 13 May 1945. With only one of his guns firing and despite an intense concentration of antiaircraft fire, First Lieutenant Warren pursued an enemy bomber that was making a determined suicide dive on one of our Naval vessels, continuing his attack until the hostile plane crashed out of control into the sea. He was then forced to parachute to safety due to damage from antiaircraft fire. By his airmanship, gallant fighting spirit and untiring devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Warren prevented possible destruction and the loss of many lives, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 87286
Born: at Crawfordsville, Indiana
Home Town: Crawfordsville, Indiana

WATSON, JOHN E.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 17, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John E. Watson, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When his battalion was attacked by hostile tanks during hours of darkness, Private First Class Watson unhesitatingly left the safety of his foxhole and voluntarily led an assault on one of the Japanese tanks. Throwing two incendiary grenades, he stopped the tank and then killed its occupants as they attempted to escape. Continuing to render valiant service, he braved intense machine-gun fire from another enemy tank to carry a wounded comrade to safety. Later, he again exposed himself to intense enemy machine-gun and sniper fire to cross open terrain and bring back to the comparative safety of our lines his mortally wounded Company Commander. By his initiative, courage and zealous devotion to duty throughout, he contributed materially to the success of our forces and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
FMF Pac: Serial 6887
Born: at Des Moines, Iowa
Home Town: El Segundo, California

WATSON, THOMAS A
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 13 - 14, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas A Watson, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a forward artillery observer for the Fifth Battalion, Eleventh Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on September 13 - 14, 1942. While the First Raider Battalion was defending a ridge about 1,000 yards south of the Guadalcanal Airport against a desperate attempt by hostile forces to seize that airport, Corporal Watson, from an observation post a few feet in rear of the front line, directed the fire of his battalion so effectively that the enemy attack was disrupted and all efforts to dislodge defending troops were repulsed with heavy losses. Surrounded by and exposed to deadly fire from Japanese rifles, machine guns, hand grenades and mortars which were concentrated in the vicinity of his post, he carried on with relentless aggressiveness and complete disregard of personal safety. His unyielding devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD (November 9, 1942)
Born: at Augusta, Georgia
Home Town: Gordonsville, Virginia

WATTS, DALE E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Company L, 3d Battalion, 22d Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade,
Date of Action: July 25 - 26, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Dale E. Watts, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as an Automatic Rifleman serving with Company L, Third Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, on the night of 25 -26 July 1944. When the machine-gun crew in the adjoining foxhole was killed and the gun disabled during a fierce and desperate enemy night counterattack, Private Watts unhesitatingly stood erect in his foxhole in order to compensate for his unit's loss of neutralizing firepower and, despite intense, persistent Japanese rifle, machine-gun and mortar opposition, courageously delivered a devastating stream of automatic rifle fire which prevented the enemy from setting up and manning two heavy machine guns close by. By his indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious devotion to duty in the face of grave peril, Private Watts succeeded in annihilating twenty-five to thirty of the Japanese before dawn and contributed in large measure to the disruption of a vicious counterattack. His inspiring conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 1849
Born: at Osceola, Missouri
Home Town: Ash Grove, Missouri

WEBER, GEORGE A.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company G, 2d Battalion, 22d Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade,
Date of Action: July 21, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George A. Weber, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 July 1944. Although he sustained severe wounds when his landing craft was disabled by direct hits from a large caliber Japanese gun, Private First Class Weber made his way alone from the disabled craft to the beach in the face of constant enemy fire. Crawling to an advantageous position despite his wounds and the heavy hostile rifle and machine-gun fire, he silenced an enemy gun position with several antitank grenades and, in addition, destroyed a Japanese machine gun which was firing from a position on top of the gun emplacement. By his initiative, courage and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to reducing this enemy installation which was the strongest center of hostile resistance in the area. His gallant fighting spirit was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00406
Born: at Valley Falls, New York
Home Town: Schaghticoke, New York

WEBER, JOHN FREDERICK
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: January 3 - 10,1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John Frederick Weber, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, January 3 to 10, 1944. Resolutely proceeding across a river in the face of shattering hostile machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire on January 3 and 4, Captain Weber led his men in an overwhelming attack on Japanese forces established in a strongly fortified position on the opposite bank, overrunning and destroying the enemy. By his daring leadership on January 9 and 10, Captain Weber advanced his company up the side of a steep, heavily fortified ridge, again driving the hostile forces out and setting up a defensive position. Maintaining staunch resistance during the night, the men of his command withstood repeated Japanese counterattacks and succeeded in inflicting important and heavy losses upon the attacking forces. Captain Weber's splendid initiative and gallant devotion to duty throughout these hazardous engagements were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Com7thFlt: Serial 0693 (SofN Signed September 29, 1944)
Born: at Rochester, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York

*WEISS, CARL WALTER
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: November 1 & 2, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Carl Walter Weiss, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces west of the Matanikau River in the Solomon Islands Area on November 1 and 2, 1942. Advancing in the face of persistent enemy machine gun and rifle fire, Sergeant Weiss, with grim determination and dauntless courage, neutralized an enemy machine gun nest with a grenade and returned to set up his own machine gun. As the infuriated Japanese charged up the hill with bayonets, Sergeant Weiss, directing the fire of his gunners, repulsed them three times, but during the last assault, one of his men was wounded and rolled forward of the gun. Under the punishing fire of the enemy, Sergeant Weiss crawled forward and dragged his comrade to safety. On the following day as Sergeant Weiss again inched his way over the nose of the hill to set up his gun, a hostile automatic weapon fired upon him, but he continued on and threw a hand grenade into the enemy position. As he attempted to throw a second grenade, he was hit and killed. His great personal valor, aggressiveness and fine spirit of self-sacrifice were an inspiration to his comrades and contributed in a large measure to the success of this operation. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.
Serial 302 (March 5, 1943)
Born: 3/27/1915 at Detroit, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan

WEISS, GEORGE L.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company G, 3d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 22, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George L. Weiss, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Machine Gun Section Leader of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 22 February 1945. When one of his men was seriously wounded, toppled from the top of a ridge overlooking a cave-studded enemy pocket and fell in front of a Japanese cave from which issued a deadly hail of fire and concussion grenades, Platoon Sergeant Weiss immediately dispatched one of his men to the rear to obtain several used machine-gun belts from the tanks. Upon receiving the belts, he ingeniously tied them into a long line with a harness at one end. After working his way alone down the cliff and tying the harness around the wounded man, he retraced his steps up the tortuous cliff amid the constant barrage of hostile fire and hauled the man to safety. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the face of devastating enemy fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 43822
Born: at Jersey City, New Jersey
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WELCH, CHARLES E.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 16, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles E. Welch, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Member of Headquarters and Service Company, First Engineer Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 16 September 1944. Aware that infiltrating Japanese were inflicting severe casualties and seriously threatening our positions, Private First Class Welch, with a fellow Marine, left his protected position and, in the face of heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, heroically charged a hostile emplacement where the enemy had set up two machine guns. Although wounded by fragments from an enemy hand grenade, he gallantly continued his assault and, with the aid of his companion, succeeded in destroying the hostile position, annihilating eight Japanese and capturing two automatic weapons, thereby enabling his unit to continue in support of the attack. His courage in the face of overwhelming odds and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Welch and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 22944 (SofN Signed November 14, 1947)
Born: at Roodhouse, Illinois
Home Town: Whitehall, Illinois

*WELCH, WARREN W.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: March 8, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Warren W. Welch, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Member of a Rifle Platoon while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against the enemy on Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 8 March 1945. Volunteering to silence two hostile pillboxes holding up the advance of his unit with deadly automatic rife, Private First Class Welch coolly moved forward of his lines, destroyed one of the pillboxes with a well-placed demotion charge, and eliminated the personnel of the other emplacement with accurately hurled grenades. Then, locating a Japanese mortar from his position, he returned to his platoon and relayed the location of the enemy gun to the attached 81-mm. mortar platoon. Undeterred by hostile mortar bracketing the area, he seized an automatic rifle and a belt of ammunition and, again going out in front of his lines, succeeded in pinning down the crew of the enemy mortar until the blasting fire from our mortars destroyed the Japanese emplacement. His bold, aggressive tactics and dauntless determination in the face of grave peril reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Welch and the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 34881 (September 20, 1945)
Born: at New Pine Creek, California
Home Town: Davis Creek, California

WELLS, DEAN A.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company C, 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Date of Action: May 15, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Dean A. Wells, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a member of a demolition team of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. When his platoon's advance was temporarily halted by intense hostile fire emanating from a strongly defended enemy ridge, Corporal wells courageously led a demolition team forward through the rain of hostile fire and directed his men in destroying one of three strongpoints. As the overwhelming fire superiority of the Japanese made it impossible for his team to continue, he voluntarily crawled forward alone across an exposed area to destroy another position and, after obtaining additional grenades and demolitions, again braved the hail of enemy shrapnel and bullets to assault the ridge. Although seriously wounded, he succeeded in neutralizing the third pocket of resistance and enabled his platoon to advance and secure the ridge. By his personal valor, initiative and aggressive fighting spirit, Corporal Wells upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 86491
Born: at Union, Oregon
Home Town: Union, Oregon

WELLS, ERSKINE W.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: November 2 & 3, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Erskine W. Wells, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while in command of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces west of the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on November 2 and 3, 1942. On the afternoon of November 2, Captain Wells, ordered to attain the battalion objective which lay within his zone of action, maneuvered the troops under his command with such brilliant strategy and great personal courage that, despite stubborn enemy resistance, the Japanese were routed with heavy loss to their forces. On the following day, Captain Wells, although he realized his command was greatly outnumbered, daringly resumed the attack, inflicting devastating losses on the enemy. Cheering and encouraging his worn men in the midst of heat and severe enemy mortar and machine-gun fire during the latter phases of the assault, he personally led them in hand-to-hand combat, driving the Japanese from their position and completely annihilating them. His extreme valor and outstanding leadership were a constant inspiration to his officers and men and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 721 (SofN Signed August 5, 1943)
Born: at Jackson, Mississippi
Home Town: Jackson, Mississippi

WELLS, JOHN K.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 21, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John K. Wells, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Platoon Leader of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. When ordered to attack across open terrain and dislodge the enemy from a series of strongly-defended pillboxes and blockhouses at the base of Mount Suribachi, First Lieutenant Wells placed himself in the forefront of his platoon and, leading his men forward in the face of intense hostile machine-gun, mortar and rifle fire, continuously moved from one flank to the other to lead assault groups one by one in their attacks on Japanese emplacements. Although severely wounded while directing his demolition squad in an assault on a formidable enemy blockhouse whose fire had stopped the advance of his platoon, he continued to lead his men until the blockhouse was destroyed. When, an hour later, the pain form his wound became so intense that he was no longer able to walk, he established his command post in a position from which to observe the progress of his men and continued to control their attack by means of messengers. By his courageous leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, First Lieutenant Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 51256
Born: at Lakeview, Texas
Home Town: Lakeview, Texas

WELLWOOD, ROBERT ELSWORTH
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Night Fighting Squadron 533 (VMF(N)-533),
Date of Action: May 18, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert Elsworth Wellwood, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Marine Night Fighting Squadron FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY-THREE (VMF(N)-533), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 18 May 1945. While flying night air combat patrol, First Lieutenant Wellwood made ground- controlled interceptions of two hostile bombers and, daringly pressing home his attack in the face of return fire, successfully shot down both of the Japanese planes. Vectored on a third enemy bomber through a barrage of antiaircraft fire which damaged his engine and silenced his radio transmitter, he regained contact with the enemy by the use of radar and, despite strong opposition, skillfully maneuvered his aircraft to destroy his third plane in a period of two hours. His expert airmanship and gallant devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Wellwood and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, ComAirForPac: Serial 002117 (SofN Signed January 28, 1946)
Born: at Sheridan, Wyoming
Home Town: Sheridan, Wyoming

WENSINGER, WALTER W.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19 - March 16, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Walter W. Wensinger, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Third Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 February to 16 March 1945. Occupying an exposed position under heavy fire from land artillery and coastal defense guns, Colonel Wensinger personally directed the landing attack of his Regimental Combat Team over a beach strongly defended by a fiercely resisting enemy. Observing that his leading elements were suffering heavy casualties and that the tanks and other mechanized equipment were unable to assist in the advance, he ordered the movement of his Command Post to the immediate vicinity of the front lines. Landing amidst intense fire from mortars, artillery and automatic weapons to discover that the beach and evacuation facilities were completely disrupted and inoperative, Colonel Wensinger quickly provided improvised means for the removal of the wounded and for the essential supply of his units ashore and, upon arriving at the advanced location of his Command Post, aggressively maneuvered the units under his command in effecting the rapid seizure of the assigned objectives. Courageously continuing the attack the following day, he remained in the forward area throughout the day and contributed materially to the successful completion of this vital operation. Colonel Wensinger's superb leadership, gallant fighting spirit and tactical skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 48161 (January 26, 1948)
Born: at Defiance, Ohio
Home Town: Fremont, Ohio

WEST, CHARLES A.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company I, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 16 & July 3, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles A. West, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving in a Platoon of Company I, Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 16 June and 3 July 1944. Assuming command of his platoon shortly after the landing operation in which the Leader was wounded and evacuated, Sergeant West bravely led his men into action to repulse the enemy's fierce and prolonged counterattack and to retain our positions vitally needed to protect an exposed flank. Although the Japanese were concentrating intense artillery, machine-gun and mortar fire on his sector, he continuously worked his way through exposed areas to inspect the lines and reconnoiter the hostile positions. Courageously exposing himself to an enemy barrage again on 3 July, he voluntarily guided a flame thrower tank through an intense concentration of machine-gun and rifle fire and, although in full view of the defending Japanese troops, skillfully directed the vehicle to a hostile machine gun emplacement, thereby contributing directly to the destruction of this enemy position and to the advance of his platoon. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 6112
Born: at Anderson, South Carolina
Home Town: Greenwood, South Carolina

WEST, THEODORE GERARD
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: October 25, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Theodore Gerard West, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Lunga Area of the Solomon Islands on October 25, 1942. While serving with Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, during a heavy attack by a numerically superior enemy force, Private West, although wounded to such an extent that he was unable to handle a rifle, remained in his position until reinforcements arrived, then rendered invaluable assistance by placing two rifle squads and directing their fire. His gallant action thereafter contributed materially to restoring our line and to the eventual rout and virtual annihilation of an entire Japanese regiment. His courageous devotion to duty, maintained for nearly seven hours after he was severely injured, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 00192 (April 2, 1943)
Born: at Brighton, Massachusetts
Home Town: Waverly, Massachusetts

*WEST, WILLIAM R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 1, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William R. West, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader attached to the Second Battalion, Second Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the invasion of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 1, 1944. Immediately after landing, First Lieutenant West daringly led an assault on a hostile blockhouse and, throwing a smoke grenade through an embrasure, succeeded in driving approximately thirty-five of the enemy from their position. As they ran out, he sprang to his feet and, at great personal risk, opened fire with his revolver, killing and wounding a number of the Japanese and dispersing the others. A short time later, realizing that one of his men lay wounded about fifty yards away, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to heavy enemy machine-gun and rifle fire to go to the Marine's assistance and bring him to cover. First Lieutenant West's extreme bravery and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 2540 (May 31, 1944)
Born: at Ruleville, Mississippi
Home Town: Moorhead, Mississippi

*WHALEN, JOSEPH J.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
3d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 13, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph J. Whalen, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Leader serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 13 March 1945. Unhesitatingly assuming command of a rifle platoon when the leader became a casualty during an intensive drive against a heavily fortified Japanese blockhouse and three hostile pillboxes which had been retarding the advance of his battalion, Gunnery Sergeant Whalen boldly pressed forward under the enemy's shattering machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire to reorganize the depleted squads, issue instructions for further attack and direct the evacuation of casualties. Finding the leader dead and several men wounded upon gaining the last of his three squads, Gunnery Sergeant Whalen, although severely wounded himself, steadfastly refused medical aid and, urging his men forward, gallantly led them across extremely difficult terrain swept by devastating crossfire to wipe out the machine-gun nests. Forced to withdraw under the withering barrage, he again reorganized his platoon for a renewed push to overrun the remaining strong point, but was fatally struck down by a bursting shell while carrying out his perilous mission. A forceful and inspiring leader, Gunnery Sergeant Whalen by his daring initiative, valiant fighting spirit and dauntless perseverance maintained in the face of tremendous odds, contributed materially to the success of our forces in capturing this vital hostile stronghold and his self-sacrificing 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.
CinC Pac: Serial 31897 (July 12, 1945)
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WHALEY, DALE E.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 25 - 26, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Dale E. Whaley, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Member of a Machine Gun Section in a Rifle Platoon of Company H, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the battle of Fonte Hill, Guam, Marianas Islands, on the night of 25 - 26 July 1944. After all the other members of his section had become casualties during fierce hostile counterattacks, Private First Class Whaley manned the machine gun himself and, carrying both gun and ammunition from the primary to alternate positions, worked alone and unaided in the face of heavy enemy machine-gun, rifle and hand-grenade fire. Placing his gun in a position to protect the entire flank of his rifle platoon, he killed approximately fifty Japanese in that area and, although painfully wounded in the hand by shell fragments during this action, remained at his post throughout the night. In the early morning, he accounted for six more of the enemy who attacked his position. By his outstanding fortitude and courage under fire, Private First Class Whaley enabled his rifle platoon to maintain its position despite repeated Japanese counterattacks. His unselfish devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00598
Born: at Huntington Park, California
Home Town: Montebello, California

WHALING, WILLIAM J.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Date of Action: April 15 - June 21, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William J. Whaling, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Ninth Marines, Sixth Marine Division in action against the enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from 15 April to 21 June 1945. Assuming command of a regiment committed to extensive operations over an exceptionally broad zone of action on Motobu Peninsula, Colonel Whaling skillfully maneuvered elements of his command through rugged and precipitous mountain terrain to aid in driving the enemy to a final defensive position on Mount Yaetake. Though his forces were widely dispersed during this phase of the campaign, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to direct hostile fire among the most advanced elements of his Regiment, thereby obtaining maximum coordination which resulted in crushing the last enemy resistance. By his conspicuous bravery in personally directing assault units, Colonel Whaling contributed materially to the seizure of the desperately defended Sugar Loaf Hill. His aggressive and inspiring leadership during the subsequent landing on Oroku Peninsula was an important factor in the successful reduction of one of the most heavily fortified Japanese strongholds encountered. Colonel Whaling's gallant conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 86000 (SofN Signed January 20, 1948)
Born: at St. Cloud, Minnesota
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan

WHEELER, ALGIE J.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: June 14, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Algie J. Wheeler, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Acting Platoon Leader of Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 14 June 1945. Assuming command when his Platoon Leader was killed during an assault against a strongly defended hostile ridge, Sergeant Wheeler immediately reorganized the unit and, gallantly exposing himself to the barrage of enemy fire, ably led his men in the assault. Although painfully wounded by grenade fragments before reaching the company's objective, he continued to carry out the attack. When one of his fire teams reached the battalion objective and was subjected to intense hostile fire which wounded all of the men, he courageously made his way to them and, by delivering deadly and accurate rifle fire, held off the counterattacking enemy, killing at least five of them. Remaining steadfast at the objective with the wounded Marines, Sergeant Wheeler ably protected them and skillfully directed the fire of the company's supporting weapons by radio until the remainder of his platoon reinforced the position, refusing to be evacuated until he had assured himself that the objective was secured. His aggressive fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 86001
Born: at Lawrence, Mississippi
Home Town: Lawrence, Mississippi

*WHERRY, JOHN H.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John H. Wherry, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as gunnery Sergeant while serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, on 27 February 1945. With casualties increasing steadily under the intensified fire from the enemy's heavy mortar, artillery and infantry weapons on the strongly defended approaches to Hill 362, Gunnery Sergeant Wherry fearlessly advanced to the head of the assault units and personally led them against a heavily fortified pillbox which was holding up the right flank of his company and despite the withering barrage succeeding in effecting the destruction of the enemy strong point before he himself lost his life. His indomitable fighting spirit and self-sacrificing devotion in the performance of duty throughout the bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Gunnery Sergeant Wherry and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 32449 (July 19, 1945)
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan

WHITE, GEORGE OLIVER
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: January 14, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George Oliver White, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Scout serving with Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on January 14, 1944. When his platoon was pinned down by a withering hail of relentless enemy fire after he had led them to the crest of a hill, Private First Class White unhesitatingly made his way forward through the continuing barrage of machine-gun fire, mortars and hand grenades, in order to locate hostile positions and, subsequently leading three extremely hazardous assaults on enemy machine-gun emplacements, directed his men valiantly and with a aggressive determination until he was wounded during the third charge. Private First Class White's inspiring leadership and indomitable fighting spirit in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Com7thFlt: Serial 0689 (SofN Signed September 5, 1944)
Born: at Fayette County, Georgia
Home Town: East Point, Georgia

WHITE, PHILIP R.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Philip R. White, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty as a Section Leader in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMF-221), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. Leading his section in a dauntless and aggressive attack against a vastly superior number of Japanese bomber and fighter planes, Captain White aided in the disruption of enemy plans and lessened the effectiveness of their attack. As a result of his daring tactics, he succeeded in destroying one Navy Aichi Type Dive Bomber, thereby contributing materially to the success of our forces. The courageous leadership and utter disregard for personal safety displayed by Captain White in this attack were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Mt. Kisco, New York

WHITLEY, J. W.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 3, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to J. W. Whitley, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 3 May 1945. When his platoon leader became a casualty, Sergeant Whitley assumed command while under hostile mortar fire and, when the platoon leader of an adjacent unit was mortally wounded during this action, assumed command of that platoon also. Skillfully organizing the two units, he defended the ridge against enemy counterattacks and, after relinquishing his command to a third officer who was sent to effect a withdrawal, again took charge when this officer became a casualty and directed the withdrawal with a minimum of casualties. Ordering two cases of hand grenades to be left at the top of the ridge, he returned there alone to fight a rear guard action and held off a twenty-man Japanese counterattack with an automatic rifle and hand grenades. By his outstanding courage and leadership, Sergeant Whitley afforded his platoons an opportunity for reorganization and continuation as an effective defensive unit, and his devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 79496
Born: at Wilson County, North Carolina
Home Town: Stantonsburg, North Carolina

*WHITT, FOREST
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 18, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Forest Whitt, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Group Leader in a Rifle Platoon of Company I, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 18 May 1945. When his platoon was halted by heavy enemy machine-gun, small-arms and mortar fire during an attack on a strongly-defended ridge, Private First Class Whitt voluntarily went forward with a supporting tank to direct accurate return fire on a key enemy emplacement. Exposing himself to an intense hostile barrage with complete disregard for his own safety, he skillfully directed the fire of the tank, destroying the emplacement and its occupants. Returning to his group, he relentlessly advanced his men halfway to the summit of the ridge before the unit was again halted by merciless fire from the determined Japanese garrison. Undaunted, he ran forward once more, reached the top of the ridge and, using hand grenades and automatic weapons fire, annihilated twelve of the enemy. Although mortally wounded as he again returned to the ridge with a fresh supply of grenades, Private First Class Whitt, by his unfaltering leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, had rendered valiant service during a critical stage of the action, and his conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: serial 032586 (January 10, 1946)
Born: at Royalton, Kentucky
Home Town: Royalton, Kentucky

WHITTEN, SUMNER H.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4 & 5, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Sumner H. Whitten, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4 and 5, 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, First Lieutenant Whitten, then Second Lieutenant, under tremendous fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to the perilously low altitude of four hundred feet before releasing his bomb. Participating in a search and attack mission against a Japanese aircraft carrier on the night of June 4, he brought his plane back to its base under extremely adverse weather conditions. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Waltham, Massachusetts
Home Town: Waban, Massachusetts

WIDDECKE, CHARLES F.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Company C, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, V Amphibious Corps
Date of Action: July 21 - 25, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles F. Widdecke, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, Fifth Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guam, Marianas Islands, from 21 to 25 July 1944. Landing in the assault on Guam, Captain Widdecke led his men to the left flank of our invading force and, securing a position on the beach in the face of strong opposition, prepared for the attack against the fanatic enemy holding Orote Peninsula and its strategic airfield. A fearless and brilliant leader, he inspired his company to sustain the momentum of the subsequent attacks despite the bitterness of the action and the many casualties sustained by his Marines. With his company's advance disrupted by heavy machine-gun, rifle, artillery and mortar barrages, on 25 July, Captain Widdecke organized his men and, stepping out in front of all troops, led them in a bold and aggressive charge through intense hostile fire. Throwing the full power of his unit into the fight, he smashed the resisting Japanese with terrific impact, blasting defenses and capturing the hostile position before he himself was seriously wounded. His daring initiative, indomitable spirit and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were important factors in the success of our operations against the enemy on Guam, and his heroic conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon Captain Widdecke and the United States Naval Service.
Serial: SPECIAL (SofN signed May 28, 1946)
Born: at Bryan, Texas
Home Town: Dallas, Texas

*WIEHARDT, VINCENT H.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20 - 21, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Vincent H. Wiehardt, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a weapons platoon Section Leader while serving with the First Battalion, Second Marines, Second Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa, Gilbert islands, November 20 - 21, 1943. Separated from his own company commander during the intense action, Sergeant Wiehardt voluntarily assumed command of a group of twenty men and steadfastly continued operations against hostile lines. At one period of the bitter fighting, he rushed an enemy machine-gun emplacement armed only with grenades and, fearlessly remaining beside the concealed weapon, signaled one of our tanks to come and blast it. Boldly crawling to another pill box, he repeated his heroic tactics and succeeded in killing all the Japanese in the position. Subsequently while rushing toward a Japanese sniper, he was mortally wounded by enemy shellfire. Sergeant Wiehardt's great personal valor, relentless fighting spirit and unswerving devotion to duty in the face of grave peril contributed materially to the success of our forces in that area and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 917 (March 24, 1944)
Born: at Granite City, Illinois
Home Town: Granite City, Illinois

WILCOX, NICHOLAS A.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: September 13 - 14, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Nicholas A. Wilcox, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion during combat against enemy Japanese forces on Lunga Ridge, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of September 13 - 14, 1942. While the battalion was being subjected to ferocious assaults by the enemy and in spite of a change in position, Private Wilcox, serving as assistant gunner in a mortar section, kept up an accurate and almost continuous fire against the advancing Japanese. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he courageously assisted in the evacuation of the wounded and the carrying of ammunition to the front line units. In the closing hours of the battle he voluntarily joined these units and ably assisted them in stemming the assaults until he was injured by enemy grenades. His cool courage, devotion to duty, and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 298 (SofN Signed June 23, 1943)
Born: at Hempstead, New York
Home Town: Hempstead, New York

WILCOX, RICHARD S.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 322 (VMF-322),
Date of Action: May 13, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Richard S. Wilcox, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Marine Fighting Squadron THREE HUNDRED TWENTY- TWO (VMF-322), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands, on 13 May 1945. When his Section Leader was forced to return to the base during a picket patrol, First Lieutenant Wilcox immediately volunteered to remain on station alone despite extremely adverse weather conditions, darkness and the great distance between himself and his base. Contacting a hostile aircraft shortly thereafter, he bravely pressed home an attack through antiaircraft fire to shoot down the enemy plane intent on making a suicide dive on our ships, thereby undoubtedly saving at least one of our vessels from a probable hit. His outstanding courage, airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Wilcox and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, ComAirForPac: Serial 18559 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948)
Born: at Jackson, Michigan
Home Town: Hillsdale, Michigan

*WILHEIT, PHILIP ARTHUR
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: December 26, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Philip Arthur Wilheit, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of the Right Assault Company of the Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain Islands, on December 26, 1945. At the height of the desperate struggle when his company was pinned down by the enemy, Captain Wilheit, with indomitable courage, let his men in a determined flanking attack which, combined with his commanding officer's frontal assault on the strong hostile positions, resulted in the complete destruction of the Japanese forces. Captain Wilheit's inspiring leadership during this fierce encounter in which he was killed by enemy fire, his valiant fighting spirit and his devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 0692 (SofN Signed August 10, 1944)
Born: at Atlanta, Georgia
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia

*WILLIAMS, HARRY B.
First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 21, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Harry B. Williams, First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 21 June 1944. Knowing that friendly troops had been observed to enter nearby woods and unaware that they had been previously driven out by enemy action, First Sergeant Williams' company had been ordered not to counter the heavy fire of small arms and machine guns emanating from the wooded area. After pyrotechnic signals and other means had failed to halt the supposedly friendly fire, First Sergeant Williams unhesitatingly ran forward across the two-hundred yard open expanse separating his company's position from the adjacent woods, but was fatally struck down the by the enemy while giving the cease fire signal. His daring initiative, great personal valor and indomitable courage at the sacrifice of his own life for the safety of his men reflect the highest credit upon First Sergeant Williams and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac Serial 1191 (February 22, 1945)
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota

WILLIAMS, JAMES B., III
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 15 - 29, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James B. Williams, III, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, from 15 to 29 September 1944. After pressing forward across fourteen hundred yards of open airfield under intense hostile fire, First Lieutenant Williams quickly assumed command of his company after the Commanding Officer was wounded and, despite numerous casualties in his group, pressed on in pursuit of the enemy. Although wounded twice in the same afternoon, he bravely worked his way forward of his own lines to rescue a wounded Marine and, despite another wound while leading his company against a strong hostile position, courageously continued to direct the attack until the Japanese strong point was neutralized. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00436
Born: at Baxter, Tennessee
Home Town: Morrison, Tennessee

WILLIAMS, MAXIE R.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Company B, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20 - 24, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Maxie R. Williams, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company B, First Battalion, Second Marines, Second Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 to 24 November 1943. Landing on the beach in the face of intense enemy fire, Captain Williams immediately organized the surviving remnants of his an other companies and, moving forward to the center of the airport, held that position during the night. Leading an attack across the airport the following day, he captured a section of the south coast and held this ground despite a heavy enemy counterattack. Consistently exposing himself to hostile fire, he commanded the east flank of the Battalion in an attack which penetrated approximately two hundred and fifty yards through a heavily defended strong point on the south coast, thereby neutralizing the major part of the Japanese defenses south of the airfield. By his gallant leadership and fighting spirit, Captain Williams contributed materially to the success of our operations, and his devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 01489
Born: at Johnsonville, Tennessee
Home Town: Waverly, Tennessee

WILLIAMS, ROBERT H.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: August 7, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Robert H. Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty as Battalion Commander of the First Parachute Battalion, First Marine Division, during the assault on enemy Japanese forces, Gavutu Island, 7 August 1942. Fighting against very great odds, Lieutenant Colonel Williams and his command daringly stormed strongly entrenched enemy forces and succeeded in securing a beachhead for further operations. Although he was wounded during this forward thrust, his outstanding spirit of aggressiveness and leadership was an inspiration to his entire Battalion, reflecting great credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Williams, his command, and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD (October 1942)
Born: at Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
Home Town: Bryn Mawr, Wisconsin

WILLIAMSON, LEON M.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway
Date of Action: June 4 & 5, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Leon M. Williamson, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4 and 5, 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Captain Williamson, in the face of withering fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to the perilously low altitude of four hundred feet before releasing his bomb. Participating in a search and attack mission against a Japanese aircraft carrier on the night of June 4, he brought his plane back to its base under extremely adverse weather conditions. The following day, after less than four hours' sleep, he took part in an assault which resulted in the severe damaging of an enemy battleship. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942
Born: at Tecumseh, Michigan
Home Town: Tecumseh, Michigan

*WILLIS, JASPER
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 24, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Jasper Willis, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 24 February 1945. When shattering hostile machine-gun fire emanating from two heavily-fortified Japanese pillboxes pinned down his own platoon and the one on his left during an extremely perilous advance against the enemy, Private First Class Willis, despite wounds received in a previous action, courageously risked his life in a determined effort to wipe out the pockets of resistance. On his own initiative and with no close support, he boldly pressed forward against the intense barrages and destroyed both pillboxes with well-placed satchel and shaped charges, thereby enabling our forces to continue the mission. By his daring aggressiveness, indomitable fighting spirit and great personal valor maintained in the face of overwhelming odds, Private First Class Willis contributed materially to the success of our operations against this vital hostile stronghold. His outstanding fortitude and constant devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Willis and the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 31435 (June 21, 1945)
Born: at Fort Thomas, Arizona
Home Town: Fort Thomas, Arizona

WILLIS, WILLIAM L.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 15, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William L. Willis, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Leader of a Rifle Platoon of Company K, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on enemy-held Peleliu, Palau Islands, 15 September 1944. Ordered to seize a thirty-foot high coral point of land which commanded the entire landing beach and from which the enemy were delivering devastating anti-boat and heavy machinegun fire on our personnel and landing craft on the beach, Second Lieutenant Willis led his men forward in a daring and skillful assault. During the fierce hand-to-hand conflict which reached a high pitch of intensity when he and his men had penetrated the Japanese ring of infantrymen and were assaulting the pillboxes themselves, Second Lieutenant Willis boldly crawled among the coral boulders with one other man to the flank of a concrete pillbox that was firing an anti-boat gun and, maneuvering himself to an advantageous but precarious position, hurled white phosphorous grenades at the embrasure, thereby enabling his comrade to encircle the pillbox and throw grenades into the exit. Through his outstanding leadership, courage and cool judgment under fire, Second Lieutenant Willis inspired his men to carry out a successful assault which, despite many casualties, resulted in the capture of this strongly-defended terrain feature, thereby eliminating a serious threat to the entire security of the beach. His gallant conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00497-45
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

WILSON, RAY E., JR.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 14, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Ray E. Wilson, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Rifleman of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 14 March 1945. When heavy and accurate machine-gun and sniper fire held up the advance of his company and inflicted severe casualties in his platoon, Private First Class Wilson volunteered to act as guide for the tanks after his Company Commander requested tank support. Exposing himself to hostile fire near the tanks to use telephone communication with the Tank Commander, he crept and crawled over fire-swept open terrain for fifty yards to reconnoiter and to guide the first tank into an advantageous firing position. After firing tracers at the enemy machine gun nests to indicate their positions, Private First Class Wilson returned three times and led the remaining tanks to previously reconnoitered positions, on each occasion, in full view of the Japanese and under the continuing hostile fire. After maneuvering the four tanks into position for more than one hour, he moved forward with the company and continued to guide and direct the tanks although he was seriously wounded in action. His initiative, unselfish courage, and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44965
Born: at Douglas, Arizona
Home Town: San Diego, California

WILSON, WILLIAM W., JR.
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
3d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 1, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William W. Wilson, Jr., Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Third Marine Division during the landing attack at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on November 1, 1943. With his platoon leader a casualty and the platoon disorganized by devastating Japanese fire during the landing, Platoon Sergeant Wilson gallantly assumed command and, although exposed to close range enemy observation and fire, reorganized the men and led them in fierce attacks against enemy emplacements. When the action was most desperate and the platoon immobilized, Platoon Sergeant Wilson, alone and armed only with an automatic rifle, unhesitatingly charged a hostile bunker which was stopping the advance of his troops and, fighting valiantly with an invincible spirit, killed nineteen of its defenders and enabled his men to capture the position. Severely wounded during this bitter action, he refused to be evacuated and gallantly continued to lead the platoon in further attacks. Platoon Sergeant Wilson's splendid initiative and valiant fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 00314 (November 7, 1944)
Born: at Kosciusko, Mississippi
Home Town: Gunnison, Mississippi

WINCHESTER, AUGUSTUS H.
First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company D, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 22, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Augustus H. Winchester, First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company D, Fourth Tank Battalion, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Parry Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 22 February 1944. With the advance of his company halted by relentless hostile fire from brush-covered entrenchments, First Sergeant Winchester courageously led part of a platoon in a fierce drive against the hidden enemy, successfully destroying the Japanese underground fortifications and their trapped defenders. By his great bravery, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, First Sergeant Winchester contributed materially to furthering the advance of his company and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, CinC Pac: Serial 01446 (SofN Signed August 29, 1947)
Born: at Stearns, Kentucky
Home Town: Stearns, Kentucky

*WINIUS, ALBERT HENRY
Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: June 13, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Albert Henry Winius, Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Tank Commander with Company A, First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, 13 June 1945. Directing the operations of his tank and crew with unrelenting aggressiveness during a furious enemy counterattack, Platoon Sergeant Winius fought a gallant battle against tremendous odds until his tank was destroyed by Japanese antitank fire. Quick to act in the face of sudden disaster, he staunchly disregarded serious wounds received in the bitter exchange of hostilities and, steadfastly refusing evacuation, took station in an exposed position beside his immobilized vehicle to direct the evacuation of his crew members. Struck by an enemy shell and mortally wounded as he assisted his wounded bow gunner from the tank, he resolutely continued evacuation operations, persevering in his efforts despite the terrific concentration of hostile fire until he was certain all crew members had been removed. Dauntless and determined, Platoon Sergeant Winius, by his stouthearted courage and devotion to duty, rendered valiant service, and his conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 032453 (January 10, 1946
Born: at Little Chute, Wisconsin
Home Town: Little Chute, Wisconsin

*WINSOR, ANDREW N.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: September 18, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Andrew N. Winsor, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Leader of a Fire Team serving with Company K, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 18 September 1944. When his platoon was subjected to a pounding barrage of enemy machine-gun fire from a pillbox, Corporal Winsor unhesitatingly launched a bold, single-handed attack against the strongly fortified Japanese emplacement. Alternately hurling hand grenades and firing anti-tank rifle grenades as he fearlessly advanced toward his target, he succeeded in annihilating the enemy pillbox and in killing all six occupants before he was mortally wounded by an accurate burst of hostile fire. By his daring initiative, inspiring leadership and great personal courage in the face of grave peril, Corporal Winsor contributed materially to the successful advance o four forces in this vital area, and his valiant conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 004309 (January 11, 1945)
Born: at Safford, Arizona
Home Town: Thatcher, Arizona

WIRTH, JUNIOR H.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: June 2, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Junior H. Wirth, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Member of Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 2 June 1945. When two enemy machine guns were causing heavy casualties and holding up the advance of his company and battalion by flanking fire, Private First Class Wirth courageously crawled forward through exposed terrain and under intense sniper and automatic small-arms fire to destroy one of the machine gun positions with hand grenades. After returning for more grenades, he fearlessly ascended a high cliff under heavy fire from the second enemy machine gun and destroyed that weapon, annihilating six of the Japanese. Later, returning to the destroyed positions to insure that they had been completely reduced, he encountered two more of the enemy and succeeded in killing them, thereby contributing in large measure to the success of his battalion in attaining its objective. By his aggressive fighting spirit, initiative and gallant devotion to duty, Private First Class Wirth upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 58486
Born: at Aurora, Illinois
Home Town: Dorchester, Iowa

WISE, CHARLES L.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 3d Armored Amphibian Battalion (Provisional),
Date of Action: September 15, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Charles L. Wise, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a machine-gunner of an Armored Amphibian of Company B, Third Armored Amphibian Battalion (Provisional), amphibian Tractor Group, Fleet Marine Force, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 15 September 1944. Although sustaining a severe leg wound by an enemy shell which struck his vehicle during the initial assault, he stood on one foot and continued to fire his weapon until the vehicle reached shore and he was forcibly removed from his gun. His superb courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private Wise and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 03050 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948)
Born: at Oakland, California
Home Town: Fullerton, California

*WISER, MILARD H.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company L, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: March 10, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Milard H. Wiser, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as an Ammunition Carrier in a Mortar Section of Company L, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 10 March 1945. With the enemy infiltrating the lines and subjecting his 60-mm. mortar position to intense barrages of rifle and grenade fire, Private First Class Wiser resolutely defended his emplacement against Japanese encroachment, delivering accurate and sustained small-arms fire upon the attacking force and accounting for two of the enemy. When a hostile grenade landed in his foxhole, he instantly shouted a warning to his comrades and, falling to his knees in the darkness in an attempt to locate the grenade, absorbed with his own body the full, shattering impact of the exploding charge. Mortally wounded by the explosion, Private First Class Wiser had protected his comrades from injury by the sacrifice of his own life. His courageous and indomitable spirit and heroic devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death inspired all those with whom he served, and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 35331 (November 8, 1945)
Born: at Salamanca, New York
Home Town: Cherry Creek, New York

WITKOWSKI, HENRY J.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Company H, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 20, 1943
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Henry J. Witkowski, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company H, Second Battalion, Second Marines, Second Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 November 1943. Armed only with a makeshift charge of dynamite, Corporal Witkowski courageously made his way through heavy enemy fire to assault a pillbox which was preventing the landing of our reinforcements and, when the dynamite failed to explode, unhesitatingly ran directly to the firing port and placed a second charge, completely destroying the hostile emplacement. Corporal Witkowski's splendid initiative, aggressive determination and fearless devotion to duty in the face of grave peril undoubtedly save the lives of many men who otherwise might have perished and his indomitable fighting spirit was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 0647 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948)
Born: at Cudahy, Wisconsin
Home Town: Cudahy, Wisconsin

*WLASIUK, WILLIAM JOHN
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: January 6, 1944
Citation: 
The Navy Cross is presented to William John Wlasiuk, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Tank Battalion in support of the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, during an attack against enemy Japanese forces in the Borgen Bay Area, New Britain Island, on January 6, 1955. After passing through friendly troops who were pinned down by terrific enemy fire, Sergeant Wlasiuk boldly advanced and, with daring initiative and cool courage, destroyed two hostile 37-mm. guns, a 20-mm. gun and numerous hostile pillboxes. Fearlessly exposing himself to constant and intense enemy fire during this action, he sustained severe head wounds from which he died on January 7, 1944. Sergeant Wlasiuk's unswerving determination and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
SPOT AWARD: Serial 0629 (July 29, 1944) 
Born: at New York, New York 
Home Town: New York, New York

*WOERNER, JOHN JOSEPH
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John Joseph Woerner, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 27 February 1945. Observing a Marine runner fall under the enemy's merciless artillery barrage approximately seventy-five yards beyond our front lines, Corporal Woerner unhesitatingly risked his life to proceed to his comrade's aid and, crawling through the slashing steam of hostile fire, reached the wounded man's side and was administering first aid when a white phosphorous shell struck close by. Immediately throwing himself over the helpless Marine to protect him from the flaming particles, he subsequently completed first aid treatment and ultimately succeeded in evacuating the man to an aid station behind the lines despite his own severe burns received in the performance of his heroic act. Corporal Woerner's fearless initiative, resolute fortitude and persevering efforts on behalf of another at extreme personal risk to himself upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
CinC Pac: Serial 31895 (July 5, 1945)
Born: at Rochester, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York

*WOLF, DONALD W.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: October 8 - 9, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Donald W. Wolf, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Marine Raider Battalion, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on October 8 - 9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position along the Matanikau River, Sergeant Wolf and other members of his platoon bore the brunt of the heavy enemy assault against their hastily prepared positions. Approximately 150 Japanese, stealing through the dense jungle growth under cover of smoke, fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with automatic weapons, hand grenades, and bayonets. Fighting desperately in hand-to-hand combat against the overwhelming hostile forces, Sergeant Wolf refused to be dislodged from his position and after a tremendous toll of the enemy, heroically died at his post. His indomitable fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Sergeant Wolf gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 01177 (July 30, 1943)
Born: at Hart, Michigan
Home Town: Hart, Michigan

*WOLVINGTON, WILLIAM H.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: August 21, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to William H. Wolvington, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Guide of the Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during action against a Japanese landing force of about 700 men which launched an attack at the mouth of the Tenaru River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in the early morning darkness on August 21, 1942. When his platoon was enfiladed by machine gun fire, Corporal Wolvington, with courageous disregard for his own personal safety, advanced to the front line, picked up an abandoned machine gun and silenced the hostile fire. Continuing to carry the weapon and firing from the hip, he killed Japanese who had filtered across the river and assisted in silencing two enemy machine guns on the far bank. Exposed to deadly fire throughout the action, he fought with stubborn persistence until he was mortally wounded. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.
SPOT Award (1942) Serial 19
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Rockledge, Pennsylvania

*WOOD, JOSEPH E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Company F, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 20, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Joseph E. Wood, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Browning Automatic Rifleman in a platoon of Company F, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 20 June 1945. With his platoon viciously fired upon and pinned down by devastating machine-gun fire emanating from a Japanese emplacement while conducting operations against pockets of resistance, Private Wood fearlessly risked his life in a valiant attempt to silence the hostile fire. Despite a severe gunshot wound sustained during his bold advance against the terrific barrage, he paused briefly to reload his weapon and once more charged forward, firing his weapon with deadly effect as the intense fire continued unabated. Again wounded when another position opened up, he kept the enemy under fire until the remainder of his unit could move into covered positions and take up the attack. Fiercely aggressive, Private Wood accounted for the destruction of a hostile machine-gun nest and five of the Japanese before he succumbed to his wounds. His daring initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and selfless conduct in the face of overwhelming odds were contributing factors in the success of the bitterly fought Okinawa Campaign and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 98324 (January 10, 1946)
Born: at Iowa Falls, Iowa
Home Town: Escalon, California

WOOD, RALPH K.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company G, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: July 10, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Ralph K. Wood, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving in a Patrol of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 10 July 1944. When a strong hostile force entrenched in a cave directly to the front fired mercilessly at his patrol and temporarily halted its advance, Private First Class Wood, proceeding ahead of the others, immediately engaged the enemy in fierce combat and, encountering a Japanese soldier about to throw grenades at the other members of his patrol, promptly killed him before he launched his attack. Seriously wounded during the bitter action, Private First Class Wood, by his fearless initiative, gallant fortitude and grave concern for the safety of his comrades at great risk to his life, enabled his fellow Marines to advance and annihilate the remaining enemy with a minimum of loss. His self-sacrificing efforts and valiant devotion to duty throughout were contributing factors in the success of our forces in capturing this vital hostile stronghold and reflect great credit upon Private First Class Wood and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 21354
Born: at West Springfield, Massachusetts
Home Town: West Springfield, Massachusetts

*WOOLSEY, GEORGE R.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Company I, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 16, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to George R. Woolsey, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, during the occupation of the enemy Japanese-held Saipan Island in the Marianas, on 16 June 1944. Manning his machine gun with determined aggressiveness, Private First Class Woosley ably defended an extremely vital area in his company's sector during the organized countermeasures initiated by the Japanese in the early morning hours following D-Day and, although wounded while firing upon the enemy, remained steadfast at his post delivering an uninterrupted hail of bullets. Wounded for the second time when a Japanese shellburst blew him off his weapon and disabled parts of his machine gun, he resolutely crawled back to his station, skillfully put his gun in action and continued to pour a steady stream of devastating fire on the advancing enemy. Again blasted from his platform by the explosion of another hostile shell nearby, he tenaciously returned to his pose once more and, finding the emplacement irreparably damaged, stoutly refused to be evacuated, gallantly joining another friendly machine gun squad desperately in need of a gunner, where he relentlessly maintained a ceaseless barrage of accurate fire throughout the remainder of the bitterly fought engagement. An indomitable fighter, Private First Class Woosley, by his intrepid initiative, unyielding fortitude and great personal valor, aided materially in repelling the abortive Japanese counterattack, and his outstanding devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 775 (February 8, 1945)
Born: at New London, Connecticut
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WORNHAM, THOMAS A.
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19 - March 27, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas A. Wornham, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 February to 27 March 1945. Landing with the assault waves on extremely difficult fire-swept beaches, Colonel Wornham led his combat team through heavy hostile fire to establish the initial beachhead in his sector. Serving gallantly throughout this entire operation, he made continuous reconnaissance of the terrain in his zone of action and exposed himself to heavy fire in front-line positions to encourage his men. Passing through an area infested with snipers on 12 March, he went to one of his battalions held up by strong enemy resistance and, despite intense mortar and small- arms fire, rallied his men to renew the attack and advance the front lines while inflicting heavy losses on the Japanese. His indomitable fighting spirit, aggressive leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44533
Born: at Rensselaer, New York
Home Town: Arlington, Virginia

WRIGHT, BARNEY V.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company C, 3d Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Date of Action: May 16, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Barney V. Wright, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Acting Squad Leader of Company C, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 16 May 1945. When an enemy grenade was thrown into a shell hole on the front lines occupied by himself and five of his men, Corporal Wright courageously threw himself upon the hand grenade at the risk of his own life, thereby averting danger and probable death to his companions. His gallant fighting spirit, fortitude and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 98300
Born: at Lancaster, South Carolina
Home Town: Lancaster, South Carolina

WRIGHT, FRANK J.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 19, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Frank J. Wright, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader of Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. Landing under intense hostile fire, First Lieutenant Wright led his platoon in a daring frontal attack against heavily armed and fanatically defended Japanese blockhouses, pillboxes and gun emplacements. Armed with only a carbine in the face of intense hostile mortar, machine-gun and artillery fire, he attacked and destroyed the occupants of an enemy pillbox that was holding up the advance of his platoon and then, rallying his troops, was one of the first men to reach the opposite side of the island. Advancing seven hundred yards in one hour and thirty minutes, he severed the island and isolated the Japanese forces on Mount Suribachi. His aggressive fighting spirit, high courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 42762
Born: at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WRIGHT, JOHN D.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 15, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John D. Wright, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Tank Commander of Company B, First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. Acting on his own initiative despite heavy hostile fire, Corporal Wright dismounted from his tank and searched a sector forward of the front lines for wounded men. While under intense enemy small-arms fire, he carried two seriously injured infantrymen to his tank and placed them in it. When his tank received five direct hits from a Japanese antitank gun while returning to the rear with the casualties, Corporal Wright realized the precarious position of the wounded as well as the danger to his own crew, and, fearlessly exposing himself from the turret while subjected to heavy hostile fire, directed the tank into a covered position. Traveling on foot, he then carried the casualties to an aid station. By his courageous leadership and coolness under fire, Corporal Wright contributed materially to saving the lives of two comrades, and his devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 79496

WYGAL, EDWARD R.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: August 17, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Edward R. Wygal, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty as a member of a machine-gun section in the Second Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese armed forces on Makin Island, August 17, 1942. With the advance of the attack line held up by enemy machine-gun fire, Corporal Wygal, taking advantage of distracting fire by his own section, crept forward, threw a hand grenade into the enemy machine-gun nest, rushed it and with his pistol killed the last two men in the nest. His initiative, great personal courage, and complete disregard for his own safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD (October 1942)

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YAKSICH, JOHN T.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Battalion, 2d Marines (Rein.), 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: November 12, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John T. Yaksich, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while a member of the Second Battalion, Second Marines (Reinforced), 2d Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on November 12, 1942. In the front lines west of the Matanikau River, Private Yaksich, approaching an enemy machine gun on his own initiative and under heavy fire, courageously advanced to a point-blank range before opening fire with his rifle and killing the Japanese gunner. Throwing a hand grenade into the emplacement before rushing the position, he was subsequently engaged in desperate hand-to-hand combat wherein he bayoneted two of the enemy. However, when several other Japanese appeared, and he sensed that he might be overpowered, he ran back to his own lines, rearmed himself and brought three men forward to help him capture the hostile machine gun. His relentless fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD (1942), Serial 00192 (SofN Signed April 2, 1943)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan

YANCEY, JOHN
(First Award)
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
2d Marine Raider Battalion,
Date of Action: November 30, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to John Yancey, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Second Marine Raider Battalion in combat against enemy Japanese forces on the upper Lunga River, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on November 30, 1942. Leading his squad into a hostile bivouac, Corporal Yancey surprised over a hundred of the enemy and although vastly outnumbered, he charged into the group, his automatic weapon blasting. Following his daring example, his squad completely overwhelmed the Japanese, killing over fifty and driving the remainder into the bush. By his swift and courageous action, he won a complete victory over the enemy without the loss of a Marine. His great personal valor and outstanding leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, Serial 0478 (SofN Signed July 17, 1943)
Born: at Plumberville, Arkansas
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas
Other Award: Navy Cross w/Gold Star (Korea)

YARBROUGH, ROSCOE L.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 26, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Roscoe L. Yarbrough, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader of Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 26 July 1944. When his company position was overrun following a concentrated enemy attack with grenades, land mines, TNT blocks and automatic rifle fire upon the center of the beachhead area occupied by the First Battalion, Corporal Yarbrough quickly rallied the few remaining men of his squad which had lost its Platoon Leader, Sergeant Guide and Platoon Sergeant and, with an automatic rifle in hand, led the attack up a ravine in the midst of a continuing rain of fire. Succeeding in driving the enemy from positions on the hill, he enabled adjacent units pinned down by the hostile automatic rifle fire to maneuver against the Japanese elements within the company area and drive them from their commanding positions. His courageous leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 00420
Born: at Lexington, North Carolina
Home Town: Lexington, North Carolina

*YEAPLE, JAMES C.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
3d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: July 24, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James C. Yeaple, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Assistant Gunner of a Machine-Gun Squad with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, during the occupation of enemy Japanese-held Tinian Island, Marianas Group, on the night of 24 July 1944. Diligently serving his gun with ammunition, Private First Class Yeaple materially assisted his gunner in maintaining a heavy barrage which inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy and forced their temporary withdrawal from a vigorous counterattack following our assault and subsequent establishment of a beachhead on this strategic island. When the Japanese made a second desperate attempt to penetrate our lines, he remained steadfast at his station despite the loss of all rifle protection around his installation by concentrated hostile mortar, machine-gun and grenade fire, continuing to feed his gun steadily until the emplacement was finally knocked out by enemy guns. Determined not to yield his position, he stoutly held his ground and, with an empty ammunition box as his only weapon, fearlessly engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat, battling with fierce aggressiveness until, overpowered by the fanatic opposition, he fell, mortally injured, with one hundred of the enemy lying dead before his gun position and an additional six within the emplacement. An indomitable fighter, Private First Class Yeaple, by his great personal valor and resolute fortitude in the face of almost certain death, contributed essentially to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese infantry company and to the rapid consolidation of the beachhead and his self-sacrificing devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
CinC Pac: Serial 488 (February 5, 1945)
Born: at Marlboro, New York
Home Town: Marlboro, New York

*YOUNG, WALTER XAVIER
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: August 7, 1942
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Walter Xavier Young, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Communications Officer, First Parachute Battalion, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Gavutu, Solomon Islands, August 7, 1942. During the extremely dangerous initial landings on Gavutu, First Lieutenant Young, on his own courageous initiative, fearlessly attacked several of the enemy in a single-handed attempt to neutralize a dugout which commanded a portion of the dock and constituted a grave menace to his comrades. Although fully aware of his imminent peril, he determinedly continued his voluntary action until, while effecting a daring entrance, he was fatally wounded by rifle or pistol fire from within the dugout. First Lieutenant Young's heroic spirit of self-sacrifice was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 1113 (July 15, 1943)
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

YOUNGBLOOD, DENNIS E.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters & Service Battery, 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 7, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Dennis E. Youngblood, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Headquarters and Service Battery, Fourth Battalion, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944. When enemy forces overran an adjacent artillery battalion during a counterattack, Private First Class Youngblood volunteered to go forward to help stem the attack and evacuate the wounded. Repeatedly exposing himself to hostile fire, he put the wounded on a sheet of tin and dragged them one by one to safety. Then, working his way forward of the lines to a Japanese bunker, he placed his automatic rifle in a commanding position and, despite intense fire, killed approximately forty of the enemy. His courage, fighting spirit and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Youngblood and the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 9468
Born: at Royal Oak, Michigan
Home Town: Rochester, Michigan

ZAMOR, LAWRENCE N.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 6, 1945
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Lawrence N. Zamor, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader of Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 6 May 1945. Although sustaining a wound which later necessitated the amputation of one of his legs, Corporal Zamor led his squad during an attack on a fanatically-defended enemy hill and crawling forward in the face of intense artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire, destroyed a fieldpiece and annihilated eight Japanese soldiers. By his aggressive fighting spirit and courage, Corporal Zamor contributed materially to the successful advance of his company, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 79496
Born: at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home Town: New Brighton, Minnesota

*ZARILLO, JAMES R.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
Date of Action: February 1, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to James R. Zarillo, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a light machine gunner serving with the 24th Marines, Fourth Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces during the battle of Namur island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 1, 1944. Directed to bring the fire of his gun on a hostile pillbox which had pinned down his assault team in an exposed position in front of the lines, Private First Class Zarillo attempted to carry out these orders but, due to the nature of the terrain, was unable to fire effectively on the enemy emplacement. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he took his machine gun in his arms and daringly launched a lone attack against the Japanese position, destroying it before he was fatally wounded. Private First Class Zarillo's valiant spirit of self-sacrifice and extreme bravery were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Serial 2540 (May 31, 1944)
Born: at Orange, New Jersey
Home Town: Orange, New Jersey

 

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