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Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients Historical Markers

Markers honoring recipients of the second highest combat valor award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces.
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By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
Medal of Honor Citation Monument
Alabama (Dallas County), Selma — Take Her Down — Gilmore, Howard Walter - Commander, U.S.N. — Born 29 September 1902, Selma, Ala.
Medal of Honor Citation For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of U. S. submarine GROWLER (SS-215) during her fourth war patrol in the Southwest Pacific from 10 January to 7 . . . — Map (db m82036) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — "Take Her Down!" — Howard Walter Gilmore, Commander, U.S.N. — Born 29 September 1902, Selma, Ala.
Panel 1: Medal of Honor Citation For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond The call of duty as Commanding Officer of U. S. submarine GROWLER (SS-215) during her fourth war patrol in the Southwest Pacific from 10 . . . — Map (db m74811) WM
Arkansas (Benton County), Bella Vista — Air Force Cross – Navy Cross – Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross (Army), Navy Cross, and Air Force Cross are equivalent awards. They are given to any service person who, while serving, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of the . . . — Map (db m90867) HM WM

California (Alameda County), Oakland — Rear Admiral R.J. "Bear" Arnold, U.S.N.
Point Arnold is named after Rear Admiral R.J. "Bear" Arnold, U.S.N.. During World War II, Arnold earned the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as the supply officer on the USS YORKTOWN at the Battle of Midway. Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and . . . — Map (db m62994) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN — Born 8 January 1896 - Died 11 April 1955
[Front]: Awards Navy Cross for the 25 October 1944 action off Samar. Admiral Sprague was aboard the escort carrier, USS Fanshaw Bay during this engagement. Legion of Merit Medal for his command of the USS Wasp. Gold Star in lieu of . . . — Map (db m8521) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone — November 4, 1916 - February 19, 1945 — Piazza Basilone
Sergeant John Basilone was one of the first enlisted Marines to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II. He was also posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He was born to Italian immigrants, Salvatore and Dora Basilone, in . . . — Map (db m83897) HM WM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Waterbury — The Navy Cross — Our Waterbury Heroes
It is our nation’s second highest military honor, awarded to three men from Waterbury. Let no one forget their personal valor, their courage, and their devotion to duty. Cpl. John J. Spillane U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 2d Amphibian . . . — Map (db m19692) HM
Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — Angus R. Goss — Memorial Swimming Pool — 1962
In memory of Angus R. Goss Native Tampan, killed in action during World War II at New Georgia Islands on July 20, 1943 while serving in the 1st Marine Raider Division Received the Navy Cross and was cited for the Congressional . . . — Map (db m43836) HM
Florida (Jefferson County), Monticello — Ernest I. Thomas Memorial
In recognition of Platoon Sergeant Ernest I. Thomas U.S.M.C.R. who, on February 23, 1945, led his platoon to raise the first flag on Iwo Jima, the first Japanese territory taken in World War II. On March 3rd, eight days after the first flag . . . — Map (db m62109) WM
Georgia (McDuffie County), Thomson — Rear Admiral Richard Ellington Hawes — 1894 – 1968
Rear Admiral Richard E. Hawes has long been revered as a distinguished native son of Thomson-McDuffie County, Georgia. Admiral Hawes is remembered for his exceptionally heroic and meritorious service while performing his duty in the United States . . . — Map (db m61010) HM
Kansas (Pratt County), Pratt — Earl Hancock "Pete" Ellis — Lt Col, USMC - Pioneer Amphibious Prophet - War Planner — 20th Century Legend & Outstanding Patriot
He forecast the eventual amphibious struggle for the Pacific and gave his life for his country as an intelligence officer at Koror, town in the Japanese Palau Islands, 12 May 1923 "His character was a most lovable one and his heart was . . . — Map (db m65085) HM WM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Nortonville — 1612 — Cmdr. D. W. "Mush" Morton, USN / Wahoo
Side 1 Cmdr. D. W. "Mush" Morton, USN This World War II hero spent his early youth & attended elementary school in Nortonville, high school in Madisonville. Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1930. Became . . . — Map (db m88927) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Alessandro Fabbri, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F. — 1877 - 1922 — In Memory Of
A resident and lover of Mount Desert Island who commanded the United States Naval Radio Station upon this site from its establishment on August 28, 1917 until December 12, 1919. At the end of the World War he was awarded the Navy Cross. His . . . — Map (db m54436) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Gaithersburg — Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross posthumously to Second Lieutenant William J. Christman, III, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for service as set forth in the following Citation: For extraordinary . . . — Map (db m331) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Richfield — PFC. Jimmy Berray — United States Marine Corps — 1922 – 1942
Mortally wounded Nov. 13, 1942 during the naval battle of Guadalcanal while serving on the cruiser USS San Francisco. Awarded Navy Cross for Distinguished Service in this battle. Buried at Sea, Nov. 14, 1942 "On the early morning of . . . — Map (db m67005) HM
New York (Bronx County), Bronx — Sgt. John Basilone
In memory of Sgt. John Basilone U.S. Marine Corps Killed at Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor and Navy Cross — Map (db m53840) HM
New York (Monroe County), Rochester — In Honor of the Crew of USS Liberty
In Honor of the crew of the USS Liberty - AGTR 5, in recognition of their courageous and faithful service for military action on June 8, 1967 - The following decorations were awarded - ★ Congressional Medal of Honor ★ 2 Navy crosses, 38 . . . — Map (db m90788) WM
New York (Nassau County), Glen Cove — Sgt. Major Daniel J. Daly — United States Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Seige of Peking 1900 Medal of Honor Haitian Rebellion 1915 Navy Cross   1918 Distinguished Service Cross   1918 A native of Glen Cove, Dan Daly will live forever as a hero, a legend, a two time Medal of Honor winner and as a . . . — Map (db m65166) HM
New York (Rockland County), Sparkill — John Charles Fremont — Captain United States Navy (Ret’d)
Born   February 26, 1880 Died   October 13, 1957 A brilliant Officer and a successful commander Served in Spanish-American War on U.S.S. St. Louis Later saw service in China Squadron In World War I served with distinction in command of destroyer . . . — Map (db m42563) HM
New York (Suffolk County), Sag Harbor — Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Memorial
The Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans' Memorial Bridge

May 7, 2008   State of New York   Senate Assembly

"The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly do enact as follows: To recognize the ultimate . . . — Map (db m133399) HM WM

North Carolina (Pitt County), Farmville — F-49 — Gen. Allen Hal Turnage — 1891-1971
Led U.S. Marine Corps Third Division assaults on Bougainville & Guam, 1943-44. Received Navy Cross. Born 1 block S.E. — Map (db m114443) HM
Oregon (Jefferson County), Terrebonne — Colonel Rex T. Barber Memorial
first panel Rex T. Barber was one of 16 fighter pilots who participated in the famous - and then Top Secret - “Yamamoto” mission, which helped turn the tide of World War II against the Japanese. Born in Culver, Oregon, in . . . — Map (db m113386) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — John C. Waldron — United States Navy Lieutenant Commander
John Charles Waldron was born in Ft. Pierre, SD, on August 21, 1900 and was the youngest of five children born to Charles W. and Jan E. (Van Metre) Waldron, she a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Waldron attended grade school in Fort Pierre . . . — Map (db m123915) HM WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial — Semper Fidelis
This monument is erected to preserve the memory of William G. Leftwich, Jr., Lt. Colonel, United States Marine Corps. A native Memphian who lost his life on November 18, 1970, when the helicopter carrying him and members of a reconnaissance team he . . . — Map (db m83801) WM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 3072 — Leonard Roy Harmon — (1917-1942)
Born in Cuero, Leonard Roy Harmon enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Houston in June 1939. After training in Norfolk, Virginia, he reported for duty on the cruiser “U.S.S. San Francisco” and advanced to Mess Attendant First Class. During . . . — Map (db m34628) HM
Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1255 — Doris Miller — October 12, 1919 - November 25, 1943
Doris (Dorie) Miller was reared on a farm in McClennan County, Texas, and attended Waco’s A.J. Moore High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the battleship “USS West Virginia” in 1940. The “West . . . — Map (db m34637) HM
Virginia, Charlottesville — Q-25 — Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift
Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift was born in Charlottesville on 13 Mar. 1887. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1909 and served on posts in the Caribbean, Central America, China, and the United States. General Vandegrift led American forces in . . . — Map (db m18547) HM
Virginia (King William County), West Point — OC-16 — Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller
Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was born on 26 June 1898 in West Point and lived here until entering Virginia Military Institute in 1917. He withdrew a year later and enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving more than 37 years. One of the . . . — Map (db m17540) HM
Virginia, Norfolk — KV-16 — Navy Mess Attendant School
From 1933 to 1942, Navy recruits of African descent attended this school, located in barracks at Unit “K-West” and later at “B-East.” Advancement opportunities for these sailors and counterparts of Asian-Pacific Island . . . — Map (db m70260) HM
Wisconsin (Brown County), Green Bay — Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. — "Reaper Leader"
June 17, 1906 July 9, 1958 Navy Cross May 7 - 8, 1942 Distinguished Service Medal July 1953 - June 1958 Legion of Merit W/Combat "V" Dec. 1944 - May 1945 Distinguished Flying Cross W/Two Gold Stars Nov 1942 - . . . — Map (db m131524) HM

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