THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
The Wake detachment of the 1st Defense Battalion, U.S.
Marine Corps, under command of Major James P.S. Devereux,
Marine Fighting Squadron 211 of Marine Aircraft Group 21,
under command of Major Paul A. Putnam, U.S. Marines
Army and Navy personnel present
"The courageous conduct of the officers and men who defended Wake Island against an overwhelming superiority of enemy air, sea, and land attacks from December 8 to 22, 1941, has been noted with admiration by their fellow countrymen and the civilized world, and will not be forgotten so long as gallantry and heroism are respected and honored. They are commended for their devotion to duty and splendid conduct at their battle stations under most adverse conditions. With limited defensive means against attacks in great force, they manned their shore installations and flew their aircraft so well that five enemy warships were either sunk or severely damaged, many hostile planes shot down, and an unknown number of land troops destroyed."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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