“For outstanding heroism as a Fire Support Vessel and Radar Picket Ship during the Okinawa Campaign, from April 1 to 19, 1945, and June 19 to 24, 1945. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the U.S.S. ANTHONY 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, downed eleven hostile planes and routed many more; she furnished close fire support for initial landings and advances and participated in shore bombardment missions, and she rendered valiant service in preventing air attacks in strength against the Naval forces off the Okinawa beachhead. A seaworthy, fighting ship, the ANTHONY, her officers and men achieved a gallant 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: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.