COAST GUARDSMEN DECORATED -- SICILY -- SALERNO -- ANZIO
NAME AND ADDRESS AWARD EXTRACT FROM CITATION CALIFORNIA LONG, Wilson K. Lieut, (jg) USCGR
851 South Kenmore St.
Silver Star On January 26, 1944, while attached to an LST during the amphibious invasion at Anzio, Italy, during a full gale, Long volunteered to take a landing boat to a burning LST nearby. Despite the fact that the burning ship was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner and ammunition was exploding, he effected the rescue of a soldier trapped in a lower compartment. CONNECTICUT ELMER, Robert. E. P., Jr.
Lieut, (jg) USCGR
704 Steamboat Rd.
Silver Star While serving as officer in charge of a salvage boat while attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman during the assault at Salerno, Italy, September 9, 1943, braving intermittent enemy bombing and strafing attacks, Lieut. Elmer skillfully directed the recovery of damaged and stranded assault craft upon the various landing beaches. IMLAY, Miles Hopkins
105 Glenwood Ave.
Legion of Merit As Commander of the Reserve Attack Group during the Sicilian invasion campaign, Captain Imlay, with outstanding skill and expert seamanship, brought the group under his command to the scene of action and with speed and precision dispatched them to the designated beaches as they were required,
IMLAY, Miles-Hopkins Following the initial assault, he assisted in the support of the Army at Licata, and later was temporarily Commander of the Advance Base at Porto Empedocle, participating in the opening of that port while under enemy gunfire. " Gold Star in lieu of Second Legion of Merit As Commander of the LST convoy of a Major Task Force during the assault upon Italy in September, 1943, Captain Imlay (then Commander) was charged with the difficult assignment of bringing the vessels under his command safely through the hazardous course between Bizerte, Tunisia, and., the Gulf of Salerno, Italy. He performed his essential duties with outstanding skill, successfully reaching the designated assault beaches at the assigned time despite extremely adverse weather conditions and fierce enemy aerial opposition. GEORGIA MULIERE, Bruno C.F.
Lt. Comdr., USCGR
329 Ellis St.
Legion of Merit For outstanding services in Italy from 5 November, 1943, to 1 August, 1945. He was responsible for the full rehabilitation of the Italian fishing industry which subsequently harvested fish at the rate of about 90,000 tons a year, in addition to providing vitally needed food, he also aided in giving employment to thousands of other manufacturing concerns in net manufacturing, ship-building, canning, and
MULIERI, Bruno C.F. marine motors. He initiated several projects concerning this industry in addition to his regular duties. In devising a chart for the location of mines and underwater obstacles, he obtained and disseminated information to prevent loss of life and property. He went through mine-laden waters in small craft with the fishermen making continuous surveys. He displayed great resourcefulness in salvaging empty tin cans from military dumps to replace shortage of tin plate required for canning and in salvaging grass rope and other commodities required to return the fishing industry to normal production. He was instrumental in the publication of a civil affairs manual issued by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, which was later used as a model for all European countries and as a guide for military government officers in the Southwest Pacific Area. He was commended by Italian officials for his contribution to the restoration of normal living, food implementation and the rehabilitation of one of the most important industries in Italy. ILLINOIS ANDERSON, Alvin Kenneth
B.M. 2c, USCG
4826 Berenice Ave.
Silver Star As coxswain of a scout boat while attached to the USS Charles Carroll during the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, September 9, 1943, Anderson, in the face of extreme hazards proceeded through
ANDERSON, Alvin Kenneth mined waters to an assigned position close offshore and, maintaining this station for three hours under sustained enemy fire while an accurate range was lighted, assisted in guiding the assault waves to the heavily defended beach. SCALAN, Bernard Edward
Lt. Comdr., USCG
807 Handle St.
Silver Star While serving as a boat group commander during the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1943, Lt. Comdr. Scalan, braving intense fire from enemy shore emplacements, marshalled and led the first and succeeding boat waves to the assigned assault beach, maintaining effective control of landings in spite of fierce enemy opposition. His brilliant leadership and tenacious devotion to duty contributed immeasurably to the success of our assault operations in a vital area. INDIANA SEAMON, William E.
MoM.M. 3c, USCGR
320 N. Layman St.
Navy & Marine Corps Medal While attached to the USS LST 16 during the amphibious invasion of Anzio, Italy, during a full gale with extremely heavy seas, Seamon volunteered as a member of a boat crew to go to the side of the burning HMS LST 422 in an effort to rescue personnel trapped below deck. Without hesitation he assisted in taking the small boat through a heavily mined area alongside the blazing ship. Despite the fact that the HMS LST 422 was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner and ammunition was exploding, he aided in effecting the rescue of a soldier, trapped in a lower compartment of the ship.
MARYLAND MUERMAN, Raymond J.
4500 Stanford St.
Legion of Merit As commanding officer of the USS Joseph T. Dickman during the amphibious invasion of Italy, Captain Mauerman, displaying keen judgment and expert professional skill, effectively directed the training, planning and performance of his ship under devastating hostile fire, enabling troops, vehicles and equipment to be disembarked expeditiously on the well fortified enemy beachhead. By his splendid shiphandling and sound evasive tactics he fought his vessel ably and efficiently during repeated heavy bombing attacks and brought her through without serious casualties to his command. O'NEILL, Merlin
Legion of Merit For outstanding services in the amphibious invasion of the Island of Sicily as commanding officer of the USS Leonard Wood. By careful preparation, outstanding professional skill and cool and energetic leadership under fire, he effected the landing of embarked troops and equipment in such manner as to contribute greatly to the success of the assault. He ably fought his ship during enemy bombing attacks, and, upon completion of operations, retired rom the combat area without any damage to his ship. STRING, John F., Jr.
Silver Star While serving as commanding officer of the USS PC 545 off Anzio, Italy, on March 18, 1944, when an enemy motor torpedo boat was sighted at night, Lieut. String immediately ordered the attack. With an
STRING, John F., Jr. expert display of seamanship, he so skillfully maneuvered the ship that the first shots scored hits on the enemy craft before it was able to maneuver into position to effectively use its torpedoes, and the resulting fire caused it to disintegrate in an explosion. This successful action against the enemy contributed materially to the protection of shipping in the Anzio area, and to the successful maintenance of forces ashore. MASSACHUSETTS DUNNE, Robert J.
Electrician's Mate 3c, USCGR
167 Pearl St.
Navy & Marine Corps Medal While attached to the USS LST 16 during the amphibious invasion at Anzio, Italy, during a full gale with extremely heavy seas, Dunne volunteered as a boat crew member to go to the burning HMS LST 422 in an effort to rescue personnel trapped below decks. He assisted in taking the small ship, which was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner and whose ammunition was exploding, and aided in the rescue of a soldier trapped in a lower compartment. THOMPSON, Edward C., Jr.
Lt. Comdr., USCG
91 Whitfield St.
Silver Star As captain of the USS PC 545 in action against enemy forces during the assault on the Island of Sicily, accurately locating the strategic beaches assigned for landing operations, Lt. Comdr. Thompson, although forced to maintain fire silence in order to support a surprise attack, tenaciously held his hazardous anchorage three thousand yards offshore and continued to provide vital signals to
THOMPSON, Edward C., Jr. direct the landing craft, despite constant exposure to hostile searchlights and imminent danger of enemy fire.
For meritorious conduct during Navy operations in support of the Army in the latter phase of the campaign in Sicily. As commanding officer of a patrol craft, he rendered outstanding service In escorting, under enemy fire, a group of landing craft engaged in ferrying equipment. On the night of August 8 he employed his ship as a screening vessel for a group of landing craft which were making an amphibious landing behind enemy lines. His courage and seamanship contributed to the success of the Army.
MICHIGAN BARNARD, Philip E.
390 West Clay Ave.
Legion of Merit While attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman during the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1943, in the face of intense, accurate enemy gunfire, Barnard skillfully maneuvered his heavy landing craft to a successful landing on the correct beach and unleaded the assault troops and vehicles. Although his boat was badly damaged and three crew members seriously wounded as he withdrew from the beach, he steadfastly maintained control of the craft, transferred two of the wounded to a nearby patrol boat, and, with dauntless courage, guided the crippled boat over eight miles of mined waters for a period of six hours and returned it to the Dickman.
DANNISON, Byron G.
205 Michigan Ave.
Silver Star While serving as coxswain of a heavy landing craft during the amphibious assault in the Bay of Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1943, skillfully maneuvering his boat in the face of intense enemy gunfire Dannison successfully landed troops and heavy vehicles and, although frequently, subjected to hostile aerial strafing attacks, worked tirelessly and with outstanding efficiency in salvaging damaged and broached boats on the beach throughout the remainder of the operation. SAGAS, Robert
Sea. 1c, USCGR
2724 Richton St.
Navy & Marine Corps Medal While attached to the USS LST 16, during the amphibious invasion at Anzio, Italy, during a full gale with extremely heavy seas, Sagas volunteered as a member of a boat crew to go to the side of the burning HMS LST 422 in an effort to rescue personnel trapped below decks. Without hesitation, he assisted in taking the small boat through a heavily mined area alongside the blazing ship. Despite the fact that the HMS LST 422 was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner and ammunition was exploding, he aided in effecting the rescue of a soldier trapped in a lower compartment of the ship. MISSOURI HEIMER, Roger C.
5123 Westminster Place
Legion of Merit For outstanding services as commanding officer of the USS Samuel Chase during the amphibious assault on Sicily, July 10-12, 1945. Surmounting numerous obstacles, Captain Heimer, despite subjection to persistent and accurate raids by hostile planes, enabled his
KEIMER, Roger C. ship to disembark assault troops and unload vehicles and equipment on the assigned beach. Through his outstanding skill, expert supervision of the men under his command, and unwavering attention to a vital and difficult task, Captain Heiner contributed materially to the success of our forces in the Sicilian invasion. " Gold Star in lieu of second Legion of Merit For service's as commanding officer of the USS Samuel Chase during the amphibious assault on Italy. Under Captain Heimer's skillful and judicious direction in the thorough training and planning for the combat performance of the Samuel Chase, the operation was conducted expeditiously and with timely effectiveness which enabled the embarked troops and equipment to be landed promptly on the heavily defended beaches He fought his ship gallantly during repeated enemy bombing attacks and, after successfully completing his mission, retired from the combat area without serious casualty to his command. NEW HAMPSHIRE HARWOOD, Charles W.
Old South Road
Legion of Merit For outstanding services as commander of a Naval Task Group during the amphibious assault on the Island of Sicily, In addition to his duty as commanding officer of the USS Joseph T. Dickman, Captain Harwood commanded the Naval Task Group which landed battalions directly on the beaches fronting Gela, Sicily. By his sound judgment in planning, thorough indoctrination
HARWOOD, Charles W. of his forces, and by his cool and skillful leadership under fire the assault battalions were expeditiously landed and supported, thereby greatly contributing to the success of the invasion. NEW JERSEY LAWRENCE, William G.
80 Batten Road
Silver Star While attached to the USS Samuel Chase during the amphibious invasion of the Island of Sicily on July 10, 1943, and of the Italian mainland on September 9, 1943, operating a specially fitted landing boat which had been converted for salvage and rescue work, Lawrence, in the face of constant enemy aerial attack and intense artillery fire, effected the salvage of approximately one hundred broached and stranded craft immediately after the initial assault near Gela, Sicily. Later, Under similar perilous conditions, he returned to service a large number of disabled craft after the assaults on the beaches in the Gulf of Salerno. PALMER, Walter L.
Sea. 1c, USCGR
515 E. Elizabeth Ave.
Silver Star On January 26, 1944, while attached to the USS LST 16 during the amphibious invasion at Anzio, Italy, during a full gale with extreme heavy seas, Walter L. Palmer volunteered as a member of a boat crew that went to the rescue of personnel trapped below decks of the blazing HMS LST 422. His expert seamanship brought 'the craft through a heavily mined area and despite the fact that the HMS LST 422 was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner
PALMER, Walter L. and ammunition was constantly exploding he succeeded in bringing his craft alongside and effecting the rescue of a soldier trapped in a lower compartment of the ship without means of escape. NEW YORK McCABE, Michael A.
Lt. (jg), USCGR
Navy & Marine Corps Medal For heroism without regard to his personal safety while serving with the U.S. Port Headquarters at Bari, Italy, on 9 April, 1945. When the SS Charles Henderson exploded at the docks in Bari while discharging demolition bombs, he, although severely cut about the face, disregarded his own injuries and proceeded directly to the port to assist those still alive. NORTH CAROLINA GALLOWAY, Grady Ransom
Silver Star While serving as Amphibious Scout and Beach Marking Officer during the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1943, Galloway, displaying great daring, placed his craft in the center of the landing beach within 200 yards of enemy machine gun emplacements. When intense hostile fire swept the area as the first wave of boats attempted to land, he coolly directed the firing of a rocket barrage overcoming immediate enemy resistance and enabling our forces to beach successfully. OHIO SCHEUERMAN, John C.
Sea. 1c, USCGR
107 Belenheim Road
Silver Star (Posthumously) While serving aboard the USS LCI(L) 319 during the amphibious invasion of Italy, September 9, 1943, observing an
SCHEUERMAN, John C. enemy fighter plane diving in for a strafing attack as his vessel approached the assault beaches in the Gulf of Salerno, he unhesitatingly manned his battle station at an exposed anti-aircraft gun and with cool courage exerted every effort to direct accurate gunfire against the plane. Although mortally wounded before he could deliver effective fire, he remained steadfast at his post in the face of imminent death, thereby contributing materially to the protection of his ship against further attack. OREGON GILL, Warren C.
Lieut, (jg) USCGR
454 East Ash St.
Legion of Merit For meritorious conduct in the. pre-assault training of officers and men for small boat operations, and as Commander of an assault force during the assault on Sicily. His effort and enthusiasm inspired in the small boat flotillas a spirit of determination that was largely responsible for their success. " Navy Cross For extraordinary heroism as commander of an assault flotilla during the amphibious invasion of Salerno, Italy, in September 1943. Although severely wounded by heavy enemy gunfire while directing the lowering of small boats from his ship, Lieut, (then Lieut, (jg)) Gill steadfastly remained at his post, carrying on his vital duties with dauntless courage and outstanding efficiency and giving important last minute instructions to his officers and men before collapsing as a result of his injuries.
PATTERSON, John E.
2024 Letsche St.
Navy & Marine Corps Medal For heroism on January 26, 1944, while attached to an LST during the invasion at Anzio, Italy. During a full gale Patterson volunteered as a member of a boat crew to go to the side of a burning LST in an effort to rescue personnel trapped below decks. Despite the fact the blazing ship was pitching and rolling in a dangerous manner and ammunition was exploding he aided in the rescue of a soldier, trapped in a lower compartment, and brought him to safety. TEXAS LILLY, C.B.
B.M. 2c, USCGR
112 E. Hart Ave.
Silver Star While attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman during the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, September 9, 1943, Lilly, after landing vehicles upon the designated assault beach in the face of intense enemy gunfire, observed five soldiers struggling in the water and vent to their rescue. Discovering three of the men were seriously wounded, he worked desperately under exceedingly difficult conditions and succeeded in bringing them safe ashore. MILLER, Jack Neil
B.M. 2c, USCGR
Silver Star While serving as coxswain of a landing craft during the assault on Salerno, Italy, September 9, 1943, Miller, courageously maneuvering his boat in the face of intense enemy gunfire, skillfully effected a successful landing and, although painfully wounded when hostile machine gun fire shattered the steering wheel in his hands, continued to carry
MILLER, Jack Neil out his important duties throughout the unloading operations, then returned to his ship. VIRGINIA ARNOLD, Arthur A.
B.M. 2c, USCGR
Silver Star As coxswain of a landing boat in the assault on Sicily, July 10, 1943, with the landing operation halted by an intense volley from heavy enemy machine guns which killed many of the embarked troops upon beaching, Arnold courageously countered the fierce hostile attack. Realizing that return fire from his boat was ineffective, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to the withering barrage and, aiming with cool deliberation, hurled two grenades into the enemy emplacement and succeeded in silencing the entire battery, thereby enabling our units to continue their advance into enemy-occupied territory. BANNER, Roger H.
4848-B S 28th St.
Legion of Merit For exceptionally meritorious conduct as Officer-in-Charge of a support boat from the USS Samuel Chase during the invasion of Italy, September 9, 1943. Courageous and skillful in executing a hazardous task, he successfully escorted 59 amphibious trucks to the beaches under cover of night and directed artillery and equipment. Navigating by stars, he continued to traverse the distance of 12 miles between off-shore anchorage and to the beaches, continuously exposed to the danger of minefields and shell and mortar fire.