“For exceptionally meritorious service against enemy Japanese aircraft, submarines, shore batteries, surface forces and mines. Operating in actual contact with the enemy, the U.S.S. GILMER performed her many varied tasks as a high speed transport and as the underwater demolition flotilla flagship in a superlative manner. The U.S.S. GILMER particularly distinguished herself by her gallantry in action against enemy surface forces and shore batteries in the Marianas Operation, in which she conducted a hazardous beach reconnaissance; by her conduct of beach reconnaissance and the stirring rescue and saving of the U.S.S. BLESSMAN when that ship loaded with demolitions was burning fiercely at Iwo Jima; by her supervision of beach preparation, he gallant conduct while on screening duty; by her rescue work on the merchant ship LOGAN VICTORY, and her heroic conduct when hit by a Kamikaze plane in the Okinawa Operation. Her courageous determination and effort were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.