Synopsis: 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. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Flourenoy Glen Hodges (0-085867), 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 SIX (VT-6), embarked from the U.S.S. On 20 August Lieutenant Commander Hartman made a night surface attack on an enemy convoy and, after scoring hits on the enemy vessels, attacked with gunfire. As pilot of an airplane of Squadron VS-6 in the Battle of Midway, he participated in the devastating assault against the Japaneseinvasion fleet. Synopsis: 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. 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. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. During this aggressive war patrol, Commander Garrison skillfully penetrated strong escort screens and launched brilliant torpedo attacks which resulted in the sinking f 28,000 tons of enemy shipping and combatant units and damaging 6,000 additional tons. Synopsis: 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. 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 Gift's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. LST 158, igniting her deck cargo and causing continuous gasoline and ammunition explosions, Ensign Homer courageously boarded the blazing vessel during a severe hostile aircraft attack and remained despite imminent personal danger from fire and suffocation until he succeeded in removing a seriously wounded Army officer to safety. Synopsis: Born: December 28, 1916 at Seattle, Washington Wounded, he continued to clear lines, help other injured personnel and fight fires. Born: February 25, 1914 at Billings, Montana Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander Hutchinson took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking 20,000 tons of enemy Japanese shipping without casualty to personnel of his own command. Synopsis: Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), HOLMBERG, PAUL ALGODTE Undated as the furious barrage laid down by powerful Japanese shore batteries continued unabated, he coolly directed his vessel in rescue operations and greatly assisted in the salvage of several badly battered ships. NATOMA BAY (CVE-62), while engaging a strong enemy Japanese Fleet in the Battle of Samar Island off the east coast of the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Citation: Awards: 4@ Navy Crosses (WWII), GALLAHER, ANTON RENKL (First Award) 323 (February 1944) The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to William H. Hazzard, 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. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), GATCH, THOMAS LEIGH He gallantly gave his life for his country. Born: February 27, 1915 at New York, New York His heroic actions have brought great distinction upon himself and his conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Harry L. Gruver, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of Landing Craft Infantry Gunboat THREE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX (LCI(G)-346), operating as a unit of LCI(G), Group EIGHT, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the close-in fire support operations against Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands on 17 February 1945. His actions were direct factors in the destruction of several Japanese ships and contributed to the turning back of the enemy forces. GROWLER (SS-215), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 5 August 1942 to 23 September 1942, in enemy controlled waters. He gallantly gave up his own life in the defense of his country. The following night he and his bombers again sought out the enemy and, flying on instruments through violent tropical storms to Rekata Bay, bombed the shore installations at that point, in spite of fierce opposition by Japanese fighter planes which rushed to the attack. GAY, GEORGE HENRY, JR. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Andrew Jewel Hill, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River, Coxswain House and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Awards: 2@ Navy Crosses (WWII), HENRY, WILLIAM EARL 343 (October 1945) His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.