- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Torpedo Squadron 84 (VT-84), U.S. Navy
"For distinguishing himself by extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy, while serving as a pilot of a carrier based torpedo plane in an attack against a Japanese battleship on 7 April 1945. Displaying great skill and courage, he pressed home his torpedo attack despite extremely intense antiaircraft fire from all caliber weapons on the battleship and the surrounding screen. His torpedo was one of thirteen dropped in a concerted attack by the squadron, which scored at least nine hits on the battleship almost simultaneously. 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 in a short time later. His courage, skill, determination and unswerving devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Received for his share in the destruction of the Japanese battleship Yamato on 7th April 1945.
Complete unit data: Torpedo Squadron 84 (VT-84), Air Group 84 (AG-84), U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17) , First Carrier Task Force