“For outstanding heroism in action as a fighter direction ship on radar picket station during the Okinawa Campaign, from April 1 to June 24, 1945. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the U.S.S. AMMEN defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroy her. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle, she sent out early air warnings, provided fighter direction and with her own gunfire assisted in downing two hostile planes, routed many others and rendered valiant service in preventing the Japanese from striking in force the Naval Forces off the Okinawa Beachhead. A gallant, fighting ship, the AMMEN, her officers and men withstood the stress and perils of vital Radar Picket duty, achieving a distinctive combat record which attests the teamwork, courage and skill of her entire company and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Source: Jose Garza.