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Marine Corps Valor

U.S. Marine Corps


Recipients Of
The Navy Cross



World War II
A - L


1,033 Awards in WW2


Compiled & Edited
By


C. Douglas Sterner



Navy Cross Awards
to
U.S. Marines

World War II
Part 1 - Last Names A - L


Compiled & Edited
By


C. Douglas Sterner

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World War II


Abel, Rondo G.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company G, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division

Date of Action: February 24, 1945



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Rondo G. Abel, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Fire Team Leader of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 24 February 1945. Participating in an attack on a large pillbox which was delivering heavy and effective fire upon his company, Corporal Abel spotted an opening which had not been previously noticed. Without any covering fire, he worked himself forward until he was in a position near the embrasure and single-handedly attacked the machine gun with only his rifle and hand grenades. Although he had received a gunshot wound in his foot during his advance, he continued his heroic attack and succeeded in silencing the hostile weapon. By his initiative and unselfish courage, he enabled the remainder of his squad to continue the attack, and his intrepid spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44965 (June 19, 1945)

Adams, Frederick Louis

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

3d Tank Platoon, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: December 26 - 28, 1943

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Frederick Louis Adams, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 26 to 28, 1943. Courageously exposing himself to severe, persistent hostile fire, Gunnery Sergeant Adams skillfully directed his tank with aggressive determination against enemy pillboxes during two days of fierce, incessant fighting. On December 28, he led his tank platoon in support of attacking Marine forces and, arriving at the front lines, dismounted and personally made an extremely hazardous reconnaissance to discover the location of hostile antitank guns. Placing his tank in the lead of his deployed platoon and bravely standing in the open turret, he accurately controlled the devastating fire of his tanks and, despite direct hits sustained by his own vehicle, successfully destroyed two antitank guns. Thereafter, he walked ahead of his platoon in the face of intense enemy machine-gun fire and pointed out targets for his tanks. Gunnery Sergeant Adams' inspiring leadership and great personal valor contributed materially to the subsequent destruction of enemy defenses and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 0689 (March 28, 1944)

*Adams, John Porter

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

4th Marines

Date of Action: December 10, 1941

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to John Porter Adams, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while attached to the Fourth Marines during the bombardment and occupation of the Philippine Islands by enemy Japanese forces beginning on December 10, 1941. Courageous and untiring under repeated and sustained hostile bombing and strafing attacks, Lieutenant Colonel Adams rendered valiant service during the gallant stand by our forces against a prolonged and determined siege by the Japanese. His inspiring leadership, outstanding fortitude and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Serial: SPECIAL (March 7, 1942)

Home Town: New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania

Adcock, Clinton M.

Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps

Company I, 3d Battalion, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division

Date of Action: February 21, 1945



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Clinton M. Adcock, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Rifleman of Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Third Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. When an enemy hand grenade landed in the foxhole he shared with two companions, Private First Class Adcock courageously attempted to shield the others in a gallant effort to dispose of the grenade. Although he suffered the loss of his right hand, right eye and was seriously wounded in the side after absorbing the full blast of the explosion he seized an automatic rifle in his left hand and succeeded in killing two of the Japanese as they attacked his position. His resolute fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44965 (June 19, 1945)

Home Town: Wasilla, Alaska

*Ahrens, Edward Henry

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

Company A, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: August 7 - 8, 1942



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Edward Henry Ahrens, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion during an attack against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, on the night of August 7 - 8, 1942. While a member of a security detachment protecting the right flank of his battalion, Private First Class Ahrens, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, single-handed engaged in hand-to-hand combat a group of the enemy attempting to infiltrate the rear of the battalion. Although mortally wounded, he succeeded in killing the officer in command of the hostile unit and two other Japanese, thereby breaking up the attack. His great personal valor and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.

ComSoPac: Serial 804 (March 13, 1943)

Born: 11/4/1919 at Dayton, Kentucky

Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio

Aiken, William L.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

1st Marine Division

Date of Action: January 1, 1944

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to William L. Aiken, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as gunner of a 75-mm. half-track serving with the First Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, January 1, 1944. When his driver was wounded by enemy fire and lost control of the half-track, Corporal Aiken, realizing that the vehicle was moving down on a group of friendly troops and endangering their lives, unhesitatingly climbed up over the gun shield, although hostile machine-gun fire spattered continuously against the weapon, and promptly brought the half-track under control. Corporal Aiken's splendid initiative and unselfish conduct in the face of grave peril probably saved many lives and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, Com7thFlt: Serial 0879 (April 18, 1944)

Home Town: Huletts Landing,, New York

*Albaugh, Daniel S.

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

Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division

Date of Action: March 20, 1945



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Daniel S. Albaugh, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Browning Automatic Rifleman serving with the First Battalion, Twenty- Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 20 March 1945. Gallantly exposing himself to the withering barrage of enemy fire in a voluntary effort to locate the hostile position holding up the advance of his platoon, Private First Class Albaugh fired his rifle with deadly effect, causing the Japanese to disclose a concealed pillbox by their attempt to silence him. Securing a bazooka and six rounds of ammunition, he advanced to a perilous position directly in front of the enemy emplacement from which he fired three successive rounds into the strong point, silencing it completely before he was struck down, mortally wounded. By his cool courage, resourceful initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Albaugh made possible the continued advance of his platoon and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

CinC Pac: Serial 32447 (April 24, 1945)

Home Town: Glendale, California

Aldrich, Donald N.

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Marine Fighting Squadron 215 (VMF-215), 1st Marine Air Wing

Date of Action: January 5 - February 15, 1944



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Donald N. Aldrich, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Division Leader of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN (VMF-215), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago Areas, from 5 January to 15 February 1944. Intercepted by vastly superior numbers of enemy aircraft while flying escort for our bombers during strikes over the strongly defended Vunakanau and Lakunai Airfields on 20 and 26 January, Captain Aldrich fought gallantly against tremendous odds, immediately plunging to the attack and destroying four of the hostile planes. Returning from an escort mission deep in enemy territory, he and his wingman observed five Zeros attacking one of the pilots of his formation parachuting from a damaged plane, and hurling themselves at the enemy with a fury that balanced the unequal odds, drove the Zeros away, enabling the pilot to make a safe landing. Disregarding severe personal wounds and damage inflicted on his plane during an escort mission over Tobera Airfield on 28 January, he continued the fierce engagement despite overwhelming aerial opposition and shot four hostile craft from the sky. Destroying a total of fifteen Japanese aircraft during this period of intense aerial operations, he contributed essentially to the protection afforded our bombers and his bold tactics and brilliant combat record reflects the highest credit upon Captain Aldrich and the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, ComSoPac: Serial 001635 (July 20, 1944)

Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

Alford, Bennett W.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company G, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division

Date of Action: March 21, 1945



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Bennett W. Alford, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on the night of 12 March 1945. After his platoon had advanced three hundred yards through a rugged ravine and had lost contact with the company on its left flank which had been forced to fall back, First Lieutenant Alford steadfastly refused to relinquish the ground gained and, fully award of his precarious position, heroically exposed himself to close-range hostile mortar, grenade and small-arms fire to supervise the deployment of his men into a strong defensive position. Although a burst of point-blank enemy machine-gun fire tore into his pack, jacket and rifle, he remained in his exposed position to supervise the movement of ammunition and supplies to his men and guide the evacuation of the wounded over the difficult terrain. By his courage, coolness and determination, First Lieutenant Alford contributed materially to the success of his platoon in accomplishing a hazardous and important mission, and his conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 86491-45

Home Town: Mississippi

*Allard, Robert V.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

2d Marine Raider Battalion

Date of Action: August 17 - 18, 1942



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Robert V. Allard, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service above and beyond the call of duty as a member of a volunteer boat crew attached to the Second Marine Raider Battalion during action against the Japanese-held island of Makin, August 17 - 18, 1942. Fully aware of the hazards of an imminent enemy air attack, and with complete disregard for his own life, Sergeant Allard, with four others, volunteered to take a boat to a point just outside a reef and shoot a line ashore to assist in evacuating those men remaining on the beach. Caught on the sea, he was defeated in his valiant efforts by the violent strafing of his boat by withering enemy machine-gun fire. His great personal valor and loyal spirit of self-sacrifice were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.

Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 21, 1942

Born: at New York, New York

Home Town: Long Island, New York

*Allen, Thomas Joseph

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division

Date of Action: May 23, 1945

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Thomas Joseph Allen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 23 May 1945. Volunteering to act as an ammunition carrier for a machine-gun squad in his company, Staff Sergeant Allen and three of his comrades sustained wounds when the unit was pinned down by heavy hostile mortar and automatic weapons fire. Deliberately exposing himself to the shattering Japanese concentrations to bring down more effective fire upon the enemy, he staunchly remained in his vulnerable position and, although receiving mortal wounds, continued to deliver covering fire upon the hostile positions until the three casualties had been safely evacuated. By his indomitable fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Allen undoubtedly saved the lives of his three comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Cinc Pac: Serial 36935-46 (November 14, 1946)

Born: at Pennsylvania

Home Town: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Allen, Walter H.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company H, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division

Date of Action: February 22, 1945

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Walter H. Allen, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 22 February 1945. While leading his squad through heavy small-arms and artillery fire in an assault on a strongly defended enemy position, Sergeant Allen and his men became isolated in front of his platoon which received heavy casualties, including the Platoon Leader. With his squad vulnerable on the flanks and in the rear, he repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while deploying his squad to cover the platoon front and, after contacting units on his left and right, renewed the attack on his own initiative, knocking out at least two pillboxes and many other hostile installations. He then sent word of the situation to his Company Commander and, despite additional casualties among his men, captured the enemy position and continued to advance along the platoon front until ordered to stop. His aggressive leadership, determined fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 44533-45

*Alvord, John Robert

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 John Robert Alvord, 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 Alvord aided in disrupting the plans of the enemy and lessening the effectiveness of their attack, thereby contributing materially to the success of our forces. As a result of his courageous and daring tactics and because of the circumstances attendant upon this engagement, there can be little doubt that Captain Alvord gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country. He displayed the characteristics of a find leader and excellent airman, 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 Melrose, Massachusetts

Home Town: South Weymouth, Massachusetts

*Amundson, Maurice R.

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company G, 2d Battalion, 22d Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, III Amphibious Corps

Date of Action: July 21 - 27, 1944

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Maurice R. Amundson, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade, Third Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 - 27 July 1944. A forceful and courageous leader, Captain Amundson directed his men aggressively and with expert tactical skill and, on 27 July, when his company was ordered to spearhead an attack down a narrow neck of land on Orote Peninsula through a particularly strong enemy defensive position, tenaciously kept the attack rolling by his own inspiring valor despite the heavy casualties inflicted on his company. Fearlessly exposing himself to intense hostile fire, he repeatedly moved in and out of the front lines, pointing out targets to his tanks and personally directing the placing of supporting weapons and evacuation of the wounded until he was killed while administering first aid to one of his men. Captain Amundson's indomitable fighting spirit, unselfish efforts and steadfast 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.

CinC Pac: Serial 004334 (November 9, 1944)

Born: at Wisconsin

Home Town: Cameron, Wisconsin

*Anderberg, Martin L.

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

3d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division

Date of Action: February 21, 1945

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Martin L. Anderberg, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as member of a Rifle Platoon serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 21 February 1945. When sudden enfilading fire from a by-passed enemy pillbox to the rear inflicted three casualties in his squad after it had penetrated 300 yards into strongly fortified hostile territory, Private First Class Anderberg voluntarily risked his life in a valiant attempt to wipe out the emplacement. With the devastating fire preventing contact with his platoon and the treatment and evacuation of wounded, he boldly crawled to the entrance of the pillbox under the withering shellfire and, with bayonet fixed and weapon firing, killing six Japanese in the fierce encounter. Mortally wounded during the action, Private First Class Anderberg by his daring initiative, outstanding fortitude and grave concern for the safety of his comrades in the face of almost certain death, had enabled his squad to evacuate the casualties and rejoin its platoon. His loyal spirit of self-sacrifice and great personal valor throughout reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Anderberg and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

CinC Pac: Serial 35221 (March 4, 1946)

Home Town: Chappell, Nebraska

*Andersen, Clarence Norman

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: May 9, 1945



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Clarence Norman Andersen, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Guide, serving with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Group, 9 May 1945. Assuming command of his platoon when the leader and sergeant had become casualties, Corporal Andersen immediately reorganized his unit and continued the attack in the face of extremely heavy machine-gun fire. When the enemy fire made further advance impossible, he ordered his men to remain in their covered positions and rushed forward of the lines to a hostile machine-gun emplacement. Silencing the enemy weapon with hand grenades, he re-crossed the open field under intense small-arms fire and destroyed a second automatic weapon before he fell, mortally wounded. By his fearless leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, Corporal Andersen enabled his platoon to continue the advance against the Japanese and his daring initiative and unwavering devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Cinc Pac: Serial 031916 (August 20, 1946)

Home Town: Littleton, Colorado

*Anderson, Arthur J.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

3d Battalion, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division

Date of Action: July 25 - 26, 1944



Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Arthur J. Anderson, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, on the island of Guam in the Marianas, on the night of 25 - 26 July 1944. Taking command of the unit when his squad leader was wounded during the initial stages of attack, Corporal Anderson led his men with determined aggressiveness against a vastly outnumbering force of Japanese troops occupying a hill on the right flank of his battalion's position, continuing the bold assault until severely wounded in both legs. Ordered by his platoon leader to retire from the fierce, uneven battle, but unable to move, he consistently refused all aid and, steadfastly holding his station, directed the orderly withdrawal of his squad and evacuation of all wounded, covering the retirement with continuous, accurate rifle fire until struck and instantly killed by the enemy. An indomitable fighter, Corporal Anderson, by his intrepid initiative, resolute fortitude and great personal valor, contributed essentially to the successful withdrawal of his platoon and aided materially in averting their threatened annihilation. His self-sacrificing devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflects the highest credit upon Corporal Anderson and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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