The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
“For outstanding performance during action with enemy Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, June 20 to October 16, 1942. Serving in turn as a seaplane tender, escort vessel, patrol boat, and cargo and troop carrier, the McFARLAND, under constant threat of hostile attack, delivered urgently needed supplies to American troops on Guadalcanal until eventually disabled by Japanese dive bombers and towed to port for repair. Her restoration to combatant status, at a time when she might easily have been given up for lost, is a distinctive tribute to the courageous tenacity of her officers and men.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.