Seaman James Gregory awarded Bronze Star

Seaman First Class
James A. Gregory
U.S. Naval Reserve

USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE 413)

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

bronze star

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting

the BRONZE STAR MEDAL posthumously to

JAMES “A” GREGORY, SEAMAN FIRST CLASS

UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION

“For heroic achievement while serving on board the U.S.S. SAMUEL B. ROBERTS in action against enemy Japanese forces off Samar Island during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, October 25, 1944. Courageous and efficient despite continuous, close-range hostile fire, GREGORY assisted in loading a 5″/38 gun when the regular crew became physically exhausted during an attack by a numerically superior Japanese surface force on the SAMUEL B. ROBERTS. Despite battle damage which under ordinary circumstances would have rendered this mount inoperative, GREGORY assisted in maintaining an extremely high rate of fire and was instrumental in inflicting serious damage upon an enemy heavy cruiser. Carrying on valiantly under the most perilous conditions, he was fatally wounded when an explosion within the mount destroyed the gun. His unwavering devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon GREGORY and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

For the President

/signed/
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

From the personal collection of Captain William A. Rogers, Jr., USN [per Robert Jon Cox BOSAMAR site]

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