The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Porter Gray (0-083974), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. GUTHRIE, ORBIE C. Flying to the support of a bomber which was in contact with four surfaced hostile submarines, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Heim commenced firing at a range of two thousand feet and came in through a barrage of deadly cross-fire from the enemy vessels, strafing the largest and most heavily armed submarine until he was within fifty feet of his target. He ordered a change of course to intercept them and not long after took his ship up to periscope depth. They are OPNAVNOTE 1650 and the USS Midway 1992 decommissioning ceremony program. Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), HOURIHAN, JOHN JOSEPH Born: September 16, 1899 at Mason, Georgia Home Town: Unionville, Missouri. Citation: By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hoyt contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. Synopsis: Although his airplane was slower and less maneuverable than those of the fighting squadron engaging the enemy aircraft, in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant Henry intercepted the formation of nine enemy aircraft and succeeded in shooting down one twin-engine bomber. Despite a dangerous rock reef at the end of the beach and enemy batteries menacing the shore, he located his position and by prescribed signals guided incoming boat waves of troops. Born: September 24, 1910 at New York, New York ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against the enemy on 20 October 1944, and deployed in the Sulu Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. MARCUS ISLAND (CVE-77), in a surface engagement with a large task force of the Japanese Fleet near the Island of Samar in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Eugene R. Hanson, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. Born: November 13, 1917 at New York, New York Citation: Synopsis: TRIGGER (SS-237) on the NINTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 March 1944 to 20 May 1944, in enemy controlled waters. Synopsis: Commander Gano's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service. INTREPID (CV-11), during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 25 October 1944. RAY (SS-271), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 April 1944 to 14 June 1944, in enemy controlled waters. He fought his ship gallantly and contributed to the destruction of two destroyers, severe damage to a third and the annihilation of a number of landing barges. SCABBARDFISH (SS-397), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 12 November 1944 to 20 December 1944, in enemy controlled waters off the coast of Honshu, Japan. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Participating in a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Holder pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. Citation: Citation: His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. *HARRISON, WILLIAM HENRY 315 (June 1943) His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. Home Town: Sawyer, Minnesota Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri, HUGHES, JOHN N. Citation: The conduct of Ensign Hall throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Lieutenant Commander Hamilton led his squadron 125 miles over uncharted mountains and jungles, to press home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, sinking three of them. The conduct of Pay Clerk Hanson throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Leslie Edward Gehres, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Home Town: Coronado, California. Born: June 20, 1922 at Chisholm, Minnesota SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 24 August 1942. (First Award) Citation: GOODWIN, HARRY ALLEN The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Milton Gammage, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FORTY-SEVEN (VT-47), embarked from the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action on 29 October 1944, while deployed over Luzon, in the Philippine Islands. Synopsis: Flying at a distance from his own forces which rendered return unlikely because of probable fuel exhaustion, he pressed home his attacks with extreme disregard for his own personal safety. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Kenneth Charles Hurd, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. He gallantly gave his life for his country. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Winthrop Richard Hananwalt, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINE (VB-9), embarked from the U.S.S. (First Award) A superb and intrepid airman, he contributed directly to the sinking of the enemy aircraft carrier and played a gallant part in strenuous aerial operations during this critical period of the Pacific War. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis M. Guttenberger, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR (VT-84), embarked from the U.S.S. HOEFFEL, KENNETH MORTIMER 341 (August 1945) Home Town: Belmont, Massachusetts, GALLAHER, ANTON RENKL Lieutenant Hole's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against enemy Japanese forces in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Multiple Navy Cross recipients of Navy and USMC Multiple Navy Cross recipients of Navy and USMC. Anybody who won the Navy Cross usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Navy Cross-winning people are listed here with photos when available. Born: July 25, 1919 at Redondo Beach, California Citation: Born: July 1, 1921 at Sasakwa, Oklahoma GOLDSMITH, GEORGE HALE His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He became an aviation cadet in January 1941. Lieutenant Guest's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. After clearing all compartments, he kept at his duties until overcome. BATAAN (CVL-29), in action on 28 July 1945, while deployed over Kure Harbor, Japan. Ensign Granston deliberately braved the danger of exploding munitions and burning buildings to remove official funds from the Navy Yard to a place of safety. Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland HURLEY, ROBERT W. (Second Award) Born: April 8, 1920 at Alba, Texas 320 (November 1943) Home Town: Los Angeles, California, GERAGHTY, JOSEPH CAVANAUGH (Screenshot from The Battle of Midway, a US Navy documentary) The Battle of June 4. Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Daryl L. Grant, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron SIX (VF-6), embarked from the U.S.S. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Synopsis: Synopsis: Subsequently retiring without damage from the furious engagement, which resulted in the sinking of two Japanese battleships and three destroyers before effective fire could be brought to bear against our task force, Commander Grantham contributed materially to the decisive defeat of the aggressive enemy force and contributed in large measure to eliminating an imminent and dangerous threat to our transports and other ships in Leyte Gulf. During nine days in enemy controlled waters, Lieutenant Commander Gilmore, by expert maneuvering, boldly brought his submarine into an enemy-controlled harbor where men of war had been sighted and, in rapid succession, attacked three anchored 1700-ton Japanese destroyers with the result that the submarine sank two of these and seriously damaged the third. FRANKLIN (CV-13), which was striking the Japanese home islands in the vicinity of Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Roy Phillip Gee, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), embarked from the U.S.S. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried on, with extreme disregard for his own personal safety, until his squadron scored direct hits on two enemy aircraft carriers. GUITARRO (SS-363), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 8 October 1944 to 16 November 1944, in enemy controlled waters in the South China Sea. The next day, returning to attack a beached Japanese transport, he bombed and exploded it. Lieutenant Commander Gould's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service. Lindsey, who had received the Distinguished Flying Cross for successful leadership of his squadron in raids on Japanese garrisons on the Marshall … The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Weldon Lee Hamilton, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Commanding Officer of Bombing Squadron TWO (VB-2), embarked from the U.S.S. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Thomas Glacken, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIXTEEN (VB-16), embarked from the U.S.S. Born: February 27, 1915 at New York, New York HOOD, RUDOLPH B. Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James C. Huddleston, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-EIGHT (VT-88), embarked from the U.S.S. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Heilmann's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Citation: Lieutenant Commander Grenfell was patrolling in enemy waters when a 5,000-ton vessel was sighted. Ensign Haschke pressed home, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, sinking three of them. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Henderson brought his ship safely back to port. Born: December 25, 1913 at Birmingham, Alabama The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), HAYLER, ROBERT WARD Synopsis: Synopsis: Born: December 3, 1902 at Pipestone, Minnesota Participating in a Torpedo Plane assault against Japanese naval units, Lieutenant Hart, in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, pressed home his attack to a point where it became relatively certain that, in order to accomplish his mission, he would probably sacrifice his life. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Gallaher, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. Without flinching he carried his torpedo in to close range through adverse weather conditions and intense enemy fire which included the main batteries, contributing materially to the complete destruction of the capital ship a short time later. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James R. Hansen, Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Citation: He saved the lives of many who would have otherwise perished. Awards: 3@ Navy Crosses (WWII), Purple Heart, *HARWOOD, BRUCE LAWRENCE (First Award) Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. Home Town: Seattle, Washington. HARLFINGER, FREDERICK J., II Synopsis: Defying extreme danger from concentrated anti- aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Horenburger, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, participated in persistent and vigorous attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Lieutenant Gunter's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Fred Martin Hall, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Flight Deck Officer on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. He took advantage of every favorable attack opportunity and, fighting his ship with determined and aggressiveness, succeeded in sinking and damaging an important amount of vital hostile shipping. Awards: 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII), GALLAHER, ANTON RENKL Born: May 22, 1924 at Springfield, Ohio Home Town: Poteau, Oklahoma, HOYT, RAYMOND EARL, JR. Ordered into the field of enemy fire after several gunboats in his task force had been severely damaged, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Gruver boldly defied the deadly rain of heavy shells bursting on all sides to close range and bring the 346 in position to render assistance to the stricken ships. With complete disregard for his own safety and expert conception of the task at hand, he scored hits within short range of his objectives, contributing to the destruction of one carrier and to damage and possible destruction of the other. 345 (December 1945) He was commissioned Ensign, USNR, 12 September 1941 and ordered to active duty in carrier Scouting Squadron 6, attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6). Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Gunn brought his ship safely back to port. Citation: GAVIN, THOMAS P. (Second Award) 313 (April 1943) The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. Synopsis: Hall, Captain, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. 314 (May 1943) The conduct of Ensign Gimber throughout this action resulted in the saving of nine lives, and reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action on 28 July 1945, while deployed over Kure Harbor, Japan. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry Franklin Hynd, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane, in action on July, 24, 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan. Citation: Following up his attack with determined persistence, he shortly afterwards observed the craft crash into the sea. You can access them by clicking on the media player below. Home Town: Coronado, California BONEFISH (SS-223), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 15 April 1944 to 30 May 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Celebes Sea. Citation: HERMAN, SAUL WILLIAM Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George William Gaiennie, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron EIGHTY-ONE (VC-81), embarked from the U.S.S. Lieutenant Gayler's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William R. Grady, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in on 24 August 1942, while deployed over the Eastern Solomon Islands. GORHAM, WILLIAM WALTER ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Born: December 12, 1922 at Zavalla, Texas GUY, JACK OSWALD The Battle of Midway had been a decisive American victory. The Military Cross (MC) was created on 28 th December 1914 for commissioned offers of the substantive rank of Captain or below and for Warrant officers. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against units of the Japanese Fleet in waters west of the Central Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Gordon undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. During the Civil War these regimental flags served as the rallying point for the unit. Working diligently throughout the day, he always penetrated the most hazardous areas ahead of the others and, when a number of his men were overcome by heat or exhaustion during the operations, personally removed them to a place of safety. Kleiss's bombs struck near Mikuma ’s smokestack. Lieutenant Commander Howe's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this successful mission and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service. The movie, which premieres on Friday, depicts the true events of the Battle of Midway in 1942. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Rear Admiral Hayler's high professional skill, forceful leadership, and gallant devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. GLASS, RICHARD RAYMOND Home Town: Decatur, Alabama, HUTTO, JOHN FRANCIS His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He contributed to the relentless fighting spirit and aggressive courage which enabled his squadron to score one certain hit and two estimated hits on an enemy aircraft carrier. Born: May 30, 1920 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Leading his group in an attack against a heavy enemy cruiser, Lieutenant Hogden braved an intense barrage in order to divert hostile fire from his own Task Unit. Synopsis: Citation: Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), GLYNN, JAMES MERCER Citation: Home Town: Bayside, New York. FINBACK (SS-230), during the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 23 September 1942 to 20 November 1942, in enemy controlled waters of the East China Sea. 304 (July 1942) It was fought with obsolete aircraft at a terrible price, but the flight-crews that won this battle set the standard for future generations in … Lieutenant Commander Hughes' inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of this vital mission and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. Born: May 16, 1917 at Burlington, Iowa His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII). Born: December 4, 1896 at Evanston, Illinois His superb airmanship, inspiring courage and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Ensign Hughes and the United States Naval Service. Synopsis: (Second Award) Synopsis: Home Town: Pipestone, Minnesota The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Brooks Harral, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during action against units of the Japanese Fleet in waters west of the Central Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. (Second Award) Born: December 5, 1916 at Austin, Texas His torpedo was one of thirteen dropped in a concerted attack by the squadron, which cored at least nine hits on the battleship almost simultaneously. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Thomas Jethro Greene, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Chief Engineer on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Born: September 23, 1922 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 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