The President of the United States takes pleasure in commending the


for service as follows:

“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 May 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. MACOMB 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. Crashed on May 3 by a Kamikaze which caused major damage and personnel casualties, the U.S.S. MACOMB, by her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa invasion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. MACOMB from March 24 to May 11, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

For the President,

/s/ John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy

Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.