“For outstanding heroism in action while attached to Mine Squadron TWENTY, operating under Commander Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, from March 21 to 31; and thereafter under the operational control of Commander Transport Screen, from April 1 to June 11, 1945, during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Although lightly armed and highly vulnerable while operating in dangerous mined waters, the U.S.S. RODMAN rendered heroic service in minesweeping, fire support, radar picket, anti-suicide boat, anti-submarine and antiaircraft screen missions. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and ready for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to destroy five hostile planes and share in the destruction of another. Taken under attack by six Kamikazes on April 6, she was crashed by three and, although suffering major damage and many personal casualties during this fierce concentrated aerial attack on our surface ships, proceeded to the anchorage area under her own power. By her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, the U.S.S. RODMAN achieved a record of gallantry in combat reflecting the highest credit upon herself, her entire company and the United States Naval Service.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.