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The Navy Cross is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Naval Service of the United States, distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.

Charles E. Behan
Second Lieutenant
Company F, 2nd Battalion, 29th Marines

                                   

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Charles Edwin Behan (MCSN: 0-22667), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader attached to Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 18 May 1945. Refusing evacuation after first-aid treatment for a shrapnel wound in the mouth received while he was moving into position for an assault on Sugar Loaf Hill, first Lieutenant Behan remained steadfast with his platoon and, despite his inability to talk, directed the movements of his platoon by arm and hand signals. Risking his life by taking an exposed position well in front of the platoon so that his men could see his signals, he led the attack through withering enemy fire and, although hit again and mortally wounded, dragged himself behind a rock and continued to convey his instructions to his men and direct the attack until he lost consciousness. By his daring initiative, staunch leadership, extreme fortitude and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Behan contributed immeasurably to the successful completion of the company's mission. His courageous and unfaltering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 52787 (January 19, 1946)

Action Date: 5/18/45
Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: Crystal Lake Illinois


Ralph Edwin Coffield
Corporal
Company A, 1st Battalion, 29th Marines

        

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Ralph Edwin Coffield (MCSN: 854157), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Gunner serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 12 April 1945. Quick to act when an enemy machine gun in a camouflaged position opened fire on one of his company's machine gun crews, Corporal Coffield unhesitatingly threw his body in the direct line of fire of the Japanese gun and, armed only with a pistol, fiercely returned the enemy's persistent fire, shielding the friendly gun and its crew until he was mortally wounded by a burst of hostile fire. By his courageous initiative, unfaltering devotion to duty and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he enabled the machine gun crew to put their gun into action and to repulse the Japanese attack, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 53503 (February 7, 1946)

Action Date: April 12, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: West Virginia, Lumberport
Home of record: Weston West Virginia

David D. Doerr
Gunnery Sergeant
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines

          

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant David D. Doerr (MCSN: 264610), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Gunnery Sergeant of a Machine Gun Platoon of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 12 April 1945. Acting without orders when his company was viciously fired upon by a strong Japanese force, Gunnery Sergeant Doerr immediately charged forward despite the relentless shellfire and established a firing line on the crest of a ridge. Then, further exposing himself, he moved about among his men, directing their fire against the emplacements and encouraging them to hold fast despite the extreme odds. Wounded by enemy small-arms fire, he gallantly elected to remain with his men and, when one of his gunners became a casualty, promptly seized the weapon and dragged it to an open position on top of the ridge to obtain more accurate firing range. Braving the devastating machine-gun, mortar and artillery barrage laid down by the enemy, he promptly set up- his machine gun and trained his accurate fire against the positions, killing ten of the Japanese and providing effective cover for his men. Struck down by a bursting artillery shell, he again refused evacuation and, continuing his selfless efforts, manned his weapon with deadly effect until he lost consciousness. By his forceful leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and great personal valor, maintained through the fierce action, Gunnery Sergeant Doerr served as an inspiration to all and contributed materially to the success of his company's mission. His valiant conduct and unrelenting devotion to duty reflect he highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 52124 (February 7, 1946)

Action Date: April 12, 1945

Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Ohio, Johnstown
Home of record: Lake Alfred Florida
Status: KIA
 
 

Edgar C. Greene
First Lieutenant
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 29th Regiment

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Edgar C. Greene (MCSN: 0-25592), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as Leader of a Rifle Platoon, attached to Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 17 May 1945. Assigned the mission of enveloping and assaulting from the rear the bitterly contested Sugar Loaf Hill position which constituted the left-flank anchor-point of the enemy's strong Naha-Shuri defense line, First Lieutenant Greene determined to advance his platoon through a railway cut. Quickly outlining the boldly conceived plan to his men, he fearlessly took the lead in this daring maneuver and moved into the cut where his platoon was suddenly assailed by a tremendous concentration of deadly mortar, machine-gun and small-arms fire pouring down from three sides. Trapped in this position with two of his squads and separated from friendly lines, he staunchly disregarded painful wounds sustained in the savage onslaught and further exposed himself to the blasting fury of sustained enemy gunfire to reorganize his squads and, skillfully directing the defense of his extremely vulnerable position, fiercely repelled all attempts of the Japanese to close in. ordered to withdraw under cover of darkness, he held indomitably until nightfall when he rallied his weary fighters and supervised their orderly withdrawal until he himself was forced to fall out as a result of his weakened condition. Deeply concerned for the welfare of his men, he ordered them to continue without him and remained alone in the exposed area throughout the night until evacuated by a friendly tank the following morning. By his dauntless leadership, sustained valor and self-sacrificing devotion to duty under critical combat conditions, First Lieutenant Greene upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98300 (SofN Signed May 15, 1946)

Action Date: May 17, 1945
Place of Birth: Texas, Beaumont
Home of record: Detroit Michigan

John T. McAuliffe
Corporal
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment

        

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal John T. McAuliffe (MCSN: 379904), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with a platoon of Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 2 and 3 April 1945. Observing four Japanese emplaced in a cave as he patrolled the area near his platoon's position on the night of 2 April, Corporal McAuliffe instantly attacked the enemy and single-handedly wiped out all four before they were able to open fire. Mortally wounded the following morning while acting in the point of his company's advance, he stoutly refused to leave his post and succeeded in maintaining a steady stream of accurate fire until he had killed four more of the Japanese and had driven off several others in the act of setting an ambush for his company. By his fearless aggressiveness, indomitable fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of savage opposition, Corporal McAuliffe saved the lives of many comrades and his valiant conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 36948 (January 2, 1947)

Action Date: April 2 - 3, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: New York New York
Status: KIA

Thomas J. Myers

Major

1st Battalion, 22nd Marines
    

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Major Thomas J. Myers (MCSN: 0-6705), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from 1 April to 15 May 1945. A brilliant and courageous leader, Major Myers personally directed his battalion on several difficult and extremely dangerous missions, often-times through rough terrain, and was instrumental in clearing the area of strong hostile positions and well-concealed Japanese snipers, and in seizing large enemy bivouac areas. On 10 May, observing that his battalion was suddenly subjected to intense enemy artillery and mortar fire, which compelled withdrawal after a rapid advance across the Asa Kawa River and toward the high ground to the front, he personally went forward through the heavy barrage of fire and, skillfully reorganizing the battalion, inspired his men to continue the attack and retake and hold the objective, thus enabling the adjacent units to advance. By his skillful tactics, gallant leadership and determined efforts, Major Myers contributed materially to the prompt and efficient completion of all his battalion assignments. His steadfast devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 52352 (May 23, 1947)

Action Date: April 1 - May 15, 1945
 
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: North Carolina, Charlotte
Home of record: Chapel Hill North Carolina
Status: KIA

Edward Ruess

First Lieutenant

Company G, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Edward Ruess (MCSN: 0-27045), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Leader, attached to Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 13 May 1945. Landing his platoon in the assault on a heavily defended enemy ridge near Sugar Loaf Hill, First Lieutenant Ruess suddenly encountered intense hostile fire from concealed Japanese emplacements which seriously wounded him and resulted in numerous casualties among his men. Unable to determine the sources of enemy fire, he deliberately exposed himself to the Japanese in order that covering fire could be effectively directed. Mortally wounded during this action, First Lieutenant Ruess, by his valiant conduct and unflinching devotion to duty, had enabled adjacent units to cover the withdrawal of his men and the evacuation of casualties. His courage, fortitude and self-sacrificing spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 36377 (November 6, 1945)

Action Date: May 13, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Englewood
Home of record: Englewood New Jersey
Status: KIA
 
 
 

Edward J. Ruiz

Corporal

Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Edward J. Ruiz (MCSN: 419967), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Forward Observer for the 81-mm. mortar platoon of Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 20 and 21 May 1945. Sensing the imminence of an enemy counterattack when hostile artillery and knee-mortar fire from the reverse slope of a hill blasted with increasing tempo on the battalion's lines in defiladed defensive positions, Corporal Ruiz seized the field telephone connected to the gun battery and voluntarily crawled from his foxhole twenty-five yards forward to the crest of the hill. Guided by the light of flares, he called down mortar fire on hostile troops which could be spotted moving toward his unit's position. Mortally wounded by a Japanese mortar shell, he stoically disregarded his own pain and the added peril from mortar fire and hand grenades falling on all sides and, refusing evacuation, continued to direct the fire of his gun battery. Consenting to evacuation only after the counterattack had been completely repulsed with many of the Japanese having reached positions ten yards away before being killed, Corporal Ruiz, by his fortitude, valiant fighting spirit and courageous determination, had prevented the enemy from taking a heavy toll of casualties among his comrades. His unwavering devotion to duty throughout this extremely hazardous action reflects the highest credit upon Corporal Ruiz and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 02022 (January 10, 1946)

Action Date: May 20 & 21, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: Woburn Massachusetts
Status: KIA
 
 

John W. Perry

Private

Company H,3rd Battalion, 29th Marines

    

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal John W. Perry (MCSN: 395700), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Leader of a Rifle Platoon of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Naha-Shuri sector of Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 18 May 1945. In charge of the right flank platoon during a furious assault by his company upon a strongly-defended enemy ridge, Corporal Perry, acting on his own initiative, made his way alone to the top of the vital ridge through an avalanche of hand grenades for a reconnaissance. After locating the key hostile pillbox that was causing many casualties, he returned to his platoon for a machine-gun squad, placed the squad and fearlessly directed the machine-gun fire from an exposed position, neutralizing the Japanese fire and making it possible for his platoon to gain its objective. By his skillful leadership, cool courage in the face of grave danger and indomitable fighting spirit, Corporal Perry served as an inspiration to his comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 52118 (January 10, 1946)

Action Date: May 18, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: North Carolina, Garner
Home of record: Cary North Carolina
Status: KIA
 
 
 

Harold E. Richardson

Private

Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines

 

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private Harold E. Richardson (MCSN: 957035), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as a Machine Gunner, serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 15 May 1945. Unable to bring his machine gun to bear on hostile forces during a night counterattack by the enemy, Private Richardson immediately picked up his weapon, without the tripod, and fearlessly advanced approximately twenty-five yards despite intense fire, rough terrain and darkness. Taking station in a position exposed to the concentrated hostile barrage, he opened fire with his machine gun, shooting it from the hip and killing at lest fifteen Japanese before he was mortally wounded. His courageous action and indomitable fighting spirit aided materially in breaking up the hostile counterattack and prevented the enemy from infiltrating his company's lines, thereby reflecting the highest credit upon Private Richardson and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 37763 (November 21, 1945)

Action Date: May 15, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Kansas, Summerfield
Home of record: Pawnee City Nebraska
Status: KIA
 
 
 

Leroy M. Sleeper

Private

Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private Leroy M. Sleeper (MCSN: 975436), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Member of a Machine Gun Squad of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the battle for Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 2 April 1945. When his machine-gun squad was ordered to cover the withdrawal of an infantry platoon trapped by the enemy and suffering extremely heavy casualties, Private Sleeper, with his squad, took a position within fifty yards of the Japanese-infested caves concealed in the small ridges on both sides of a valley. On placing the gun in position, the squad was met with furious hostile machine-gun and rifle fire which wounded both the gunner and assistant gunner. Determined to provide the cover necessary for the withdrawal of his comrades from their exposed position, Private Sleeper ran over the top of a ridge and, with the full volume of the enemy's fire concentrated on him, succeeded in hurling a white phosphorous smoke grenade before he himself was fatally struck down. As a result of this heroic action, the units were able to withdraw with their wounded under the protective cover of smoke and continue the fight from a more advantageous position. His courageous spirit of self-sacrifice and his devotion to duty sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 2762 (July 9, 1947)

Action Date: April 2, 1945
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Oklahoma, Guthrie
Home of record: St. Cloud Minnesota
Status: KIA

 

Dale W. Bair
First Lieutenant
Company G, 2d Battalion, 22nd Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Dale W. Bair (MCSN: 0-19637), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 13 May 1945. While leading his Company in the assault of a heavily defended enemy ridge near Sugar Loaf Hill, First Lieutenant Bair received serious wounds and was temporarily evacuated in a semi-conscious condition. Upon regaining full consciousness, he observed his assault platoons come under sudden and intense fire from concealed hostile emplacements, causing heavy casualties and pinning down the leading elements. Despite the pain of his wounds, and aware that he must soon be evacuated because of them, he advanced in the face of the enemy fire and, firing his weapon into the probable location of the hostile positions, risked his life to draw the enemy fire and permit his men to be led to safety. On one occasion, he took a machine gun from a wounded Marine and fired it into the hostile position to cover the withdrawal of the trapped unit. By his bold initiative and unselfish action, he enabled his men to withdraw, reorganize and, in conjunction with another unit, successfully assault the enemy position. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 4225 (January 24, 1946)

Action Date: May 13, 1945
     

Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Dale W. Bair (MCSN: 0-19632), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader of Company H, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Engebi and Parry Islands, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, 18 to 23 February 1944. Suffering from wounds and a twisted knee incurred in a land mine explosion on the first day of the Eniwetok action, Second Lieutenant Bair continued to lead his platoon through two days and nights of action and in an assault landing under fire. Employing his guns skillfully, he personally carried ammunition to the guns, operating them when necessary and, on several occasions organized his men as riflemen and led them in assaults against enemy positions. His leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 06666 (November 17, 1944)

Action Date: February 18 - 23, 1944

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Company H

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 22d Marines (Reinforced), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade
 
 
 

Anthony E. Borgia

Private First Class
Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines
Date of death: May 31, 2009

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Anthony E. Borgia (MCSN: 855513), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Flame Thrower Operator of Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 11 June 1945. Engaged with a companion in neutralizing hostile caves when thirty-seven of the Japanese rushed from a near-by opening and sought to deploy for possible defense, Private First Class Borgia fearlessly charged the enemy group, armed with only a pistol as his flame thrower fuel was exhausted. Killing one soldier, he seized his rifle and rushed among the remaining Japanese firing with such accuracy that they scattered in panic, making possible their quick and complete annihilation by other Marines arriving to investigate the firing. His outstanding courage, gallant initiative and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Borgia and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 85999 (September 27, 1945)

Action Date: June 11, 1945
 
 
 

James V. Brown

Corporal
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal James V. Brown (MCSN: 545073), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Demolition Corporal in a Rifle Platoon of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 14 May 1945. Taking command of the platoon after all his superior officers had become casualties during an attack on strongly defended enemy positions, Corporal Brown courageously exposed himself to the heavy hostile fire while moving from man to man of the disorganized platoon, giving instructions and encouraging them to continue the advance. Through his heroic example, he rallied his men in a new attack and succeeded in seizing and occupying the objective. Then, when the Japanese launched two successive counterattacks, Corporal Brown displayed outstanding leadership in repulsing the hostile assaults. His gallant conduct in this action was a constant inspiration to his men, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98301 (October 31, 1945)

Action Date: May 14, 1945


Arthur V. Davis

Sergeant
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Arthur V. Davis (MCSN: 470859), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 13 May 1945. During a reorganization of his platoon following a successful attack against a strongly defended enemy ridge, Sergeant Davis learned that a considerable force of Japanese were concentrating in an area on the forward slope of the ridge. Taking charge of a second platoon which had lost its Platoon Leader and became disorganized, he led both platoons in a gallant assault to overrun the enemy position and annihilate the force of forty Japanese. Then, organizing a night defense of the hill, he skillfully employed his units in successfully defending a strategic position against a prolonged and fanatical hostile night attack that threatened our lines. His indomitable fighting spirit, courageous initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 14356

Action Date: May 13, 1945

 
 

William O. Franklin

First Lieutenant
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 29th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant William O. Franklin (MCSN: 0-16839), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Mortar Section Commander attached to Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 7 and 8 June 1945. Directing effective mortar fire from a bullet-swept exposed position to support his company's advance upon the tenaciously held Oruku Peninsula, First Lieutenant Franklin gallantly remained at his hazardous post despite a painful shoulder wound, until ordered to the aid station by his commanding officer. Following emergency treatment, he again returned to the front, carrying four demolition packs desperately needed to destroy strong hostile emplacements retarding the advance of his company and, resuming his perilous observation post, continued to adjust fire for the remainder of the day and night until ordered to the Division Field Hospital by his battalion surgeon. Undeterred by the pain of his wound, and determined to assist his officer-depleted company in the continuance of the attack, he voluntarily left the security of the hospital and made his way five miles back to the scene of action, arriving in time to deliver devastating preparatory fire which was instrumental in the success of the ensuing attack. First Lieutenant Franklin's great personal valor, tenacious perseverance, and indomitable fighting spirit served as an inspiration to his men and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 52032 (January 10, 1946)
Action Date: June 7 & 8, 1945
Division: 6th Marine Division
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: California, San Francisco
Home of record: San Francisco California

 
 
 

Victor E. Goslin

Corporal
Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Marines


     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Victor E. Goslin (MCSN: 484051), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader in a Rifle Platoon of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 10 May 1945. Successfully leading his squad in the assault on a heavily defended hostile position with a minimum of casualties, Corporal Goslin personally accounted for three of the Japanese during the action. When the enemy counterattacked that night, he formed his squad on a higher position in order to defend his assigned area more easily and, in the course of the ensuing battle, annihilated fifteen additional hostile soldiers. Quick to act when an enemy grenade was thrown at his foxhole on one occasion, he courageously deflected the grenade with his hand, undoubtedly saving the lives of his companions. By his gallant fighting spirit, leadership and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to our success in attaining the objective, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98300

Action Date: May 10, 1945
Place of Birth: Maine, Ashland
Home of record: Ashland Maine
 
 

Charles E. Johnson

Private First Class
Company G, 3rd Battlation, 29th Marines


     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Charles E. Johnson (MCSN: 853722), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as a squad leader with Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 6 June 1945. Taking charge of the situation after his platoon leader and a number of his comrades had become casualties during an attack on a strongly defended enemy position, Private First Class Johnson reorganized the platoon which was being held up by heavy hostile machine-gun fire. Then, aggressively leading the final assault on the objective, he personally charged two enemy machine guns with a rocket launcher and, firing at point-blank range, destroyed both of the guns and their crews. After his platoon had occupied the hill, Private First Class Johnson courageously exposed himself to hostile fire to assist in sealing three cave positions from which the Japanese had been holding up the advance of adjacent Marine units. His gallant fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98301

Action Date: June 6, 1945
Place of Birth: Ohio, Girard
Home of record: Youngstown Ohio
     

            Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Charles E. Johnson (MCSN: 853722), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Runner of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Assuming command after his Platoon Leader had been killed during an assault on an enemy-held ridge, Private First Class Johnson quickly reorganized his unit on the ridge and repeatedly exposed himself to intense hostile mortar and machine-gun fire to displace his men in offensive positions. Later, he courageously directed the platoon in repulsing a determined enemy counterattack in which twenty-five of the enemy were killed. By his able leadership, fortitude and devotion to duty, Private First Class Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 100638

Action Date: April 16, 1945

 

John G. Johnson

Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battaltion, 22nd Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Colonel John G. Johnson (MCSN: 0-7095), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 30 May 1945. During the assault on Radio Hill, east of Naha, Lieutenant Colonel Johnson assumed command of the battalion after the Commanding Officer had been killed and proceeded immediately from his Command Post to the front lines under heavy fire. With his troops suffering severe casualties due to heavy enemy fire to the front and from caves on the right, he quickly reorganized his assault elements and personally directed their attack on the left, reaching the Battalion's objective by darkness. When his position was threatened by the presence of the remaining enemy troops in the caves to the right, Lieutenant Colonel Johnson again reorganized his exhausted men and directed them in a hand-to-hand fight against the Japanese, thereby securing his position and accounting for eighty-three additional enemy dead. His inspiring leadership and courage throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86000

Action Date: 30-May-45
Place of Birth: West Virginia, Sulton
Home of record: Sulton West Virginia

 

 

Donald J. Kelly

Private
Company F, 2nd Battaltion, 22nd Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private Donald J. Kelly (MCSN: 552746), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Rifleman of Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 14 May 1945. Rendered unconscious by the blast of a demolition charge and evacuated from his unit during his squad's advance on Sugar Loaf Hill, Private Kelly steadfastly refused further evacuation from the Battalion Aid Station and, later the same day, voluntarily returned to the lines. Unable to locate his former platoon, he attached himself to another platoon moving out in an assault on Sugar Loaf Hill and, observing a machine gunner fall on reaching the objective, rushed to the machine gun. Although he had no training in the operation of the gun, Private Kelly proceeded to put it into action and, when the platoon was forced to withdraw under intense enemy fire delivered by a numerically superior assaulting force, remained steadfast at the gun, covering the withdrawal and killing more than twenty of the Japanese. By his courage, initiative and aggressive fighting spirit during this action, Private Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86492

Action Date: May 14, 1945
Place of Birth: Illinois, Chicago
Home of record: Chicago Illinois

 

 

Harry Kizirian

Corporal
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Harry Kizirian (MCSN: 942989), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 11 June 1945. Returning from an assigned mission of locating elements of a reserve platoon, Private First Class Kizirian observed a stretcher party of Marines pinned down and suffering casualties while attempting to evacuate the wounded of an adjacent unit. Determined to reach a more advantageous position to deliver accurate fire on the enemy, he unhesitatingly moved forward. Immediately exposed to additional hostile fire which wounded him in both legs and abdomen, he continued to drag himself forward by pressure of his elbows, alternately firing and advancing until he had killed all twelve of the Japanese in the emplacement. By his outstanding courage and aggressive fighting spirit, Private First Class Kizirian enabled the stretcher party to advance and evacuate the wounded. His gallant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86000 (SofN Signed March 1, 1948)

Action Date: June 11, 1945
Place of Birth: Rhode Island, Providence
Home of record: Providence Rhode Island
 
 
 
 

William J. Whaling

Colonel
Commanding Officer 29th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Colonel William J. Whaling (MCSN: 0-1049), United States 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.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86000 (SofN Signed January 20, 1948)

Action Date: April 15 - June 21, 1945
Date of death: November 1989
Place of Birth: Minnesota, St. Cloud
Home of record: Grand Rapids Michigan
 
 
 
     

       Silver Star Citation

Awarded for actions during the World War I

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Second Lieutenant William J. Whaling (MCSN: 0-1049), United States Marine Corps, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Second Lieutenant Whaling distinguished himself while serving with the Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces at Thiaucourt, France, 12 - 26 September 1918.

General Orders: Citation Orders, 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Action Date: September 12 - 26, 1918

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Sixth Regiment (Marines)

Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
     

Legion of Merit

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Colonel William J. Whaling (MCSN: 0-1049), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving on the staff of the FIRST Marine Division on Guadalcanal during September and October 1942. Colonel Whaling organized a scout-sniper detachment and supervised the training of selected groups in scouting stalking and ambush tactics. By his instruction and expert knowledge of jungle warfare, he contributed immeasurably to the success achieved by our patrols.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 323 (February 1944)

Action Date: September & October 1942

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel

Division: 1st Marine Division
 

Colonel William J. Whaling (MCSN: 0-1049), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, at Cape Glouchester, New Britain, during the period from 26 to 30 December 1943.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 337 (April 1945)

Action Date: December 26 - 30, 1943

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division

James Joseph LaQuintano

Sergeant
Company K, 3rd Battaltion, 4th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant James Joseph LaQuintano (MCSN: 452888), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Platoon Sergeant of Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 21 May 1945. Attempting to repel a fierce enemy counterattack which was being launched against his company, Sergeant LaQuintano bravely exposed himself time after time to devastating artillery, mortar and small-arms fire in order to place his men and automatic weapons in more advantageous positions. Although wounded in the morning as a result of the intense machine-gun fire, he refused evacuation and continued fighting, his only thought being to strengthen his company's position and repel the fanatical Japanese counterattacks. After being wounded again in the afternoon, Sergeant LaQuintano still persisted at his post until ordered from the line by a senior officer. His gallant fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were an inspiration to his comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98301
Action Date: May 21, 1945
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Brackway
Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania
KIA: May 22, 1945
 
 

Robert A. Powers

Corporal
Company K, 3rd Battaltin, 4th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Robert A. Powers (MCSN: 507704), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader of Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 20 May 1945. After all senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties, Corporal Powers promptly assumed the duties of platoon sergeant of two combined platoons and, when a fierce enemy counterattack was launched against the company's line on King Ridge during the night, he continually exposed himself to intense hostile fire to encourage his men and direct the firing of his automatic weapons. When enemy troops infiltrated through the lines while the attack was at its peak, mingling with our forces and causing many casualties with grenades and bayonets, Corporal Powers courageously leaped from his foxhole and moved up and down the line, annihilating the enemy soldiers and reorganizing his own men. Through his valiant efforts, he contributed materially to repelling the hostile counterattack with large losses to the enemy. His gallant fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 98301
Action Date: May 20, 1945
Date of birth: June 28, 1924
Place of Birth: Minnesota, St. Paul
Home of record: White Bear Lake Minnesota
 
 
 

William G. Robb

Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battaltion, 29th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Colonel William G. Robb (MCSN: 0-5201), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 17 to 18 May 1945. An inspiring and forceful leader, Lieutenant Colonel Robb led his Battalion in the seizure of the most important and desperately defended terrain feature in the Division zone of action, capturing the keystone of the enemy defense in the Naha-Shuri line. Though repulsed three times by a fanatical defense which was constantly being reinforced by fresh troops, he requested permission to attack Sugar Loaf Hill again despite heavy casualties from the previous attacks. Exposing himself to enemy fire on many occasions in order to encourage his men and to direct more effectively the attack on the vital objective, Lieutenant Colonel Robb successfully seized the objective and held it in spite of a determined and fierce enemy counterattack, thereby causing the enemy to withdraw from the Naha-Shuri line. His courage and indomitable fighting spirit throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86000
Action Date: 18-May-45
Place of Birth: Idaho, Napa
Home of record: Napa Idaho
 

 

Hugh A. Vogel

Corporal
Weapons Company, 4th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Hugh A. Vogel (MCSN: 819474), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty 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.

General Orders: Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 85999
Action Date: 20-May-45
Place of Birth: Washington, Tacoma
Home of record: Tacoma Washington
 
 

Dean A. Wells

Corporal
Company C, 1st Battalion, 29th Marines

     

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Dean A. Wells (MCSN: 506269), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty 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.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86491
Action Date: May 15, 1945
Place of Birth: Oregon, Union
Home of record: Union Oregon