“For exceptionally meritorious service and heroism in action against enemy aircraft, surface forces and submarines. In the Solomon Islands Campaign, the U.S.S. McKEAN was employed to reinforce the beleaguered garrison and air forces in the Guadalcanal area. Time and again against overwhelming odds, this slightly armed ship completed many extremely hazardous missions, thus enabling our forces to hold on until more powerful reinforcements could be obtained. In the action off Cape Torokina on November 17, 1943 when mortally wounded by an enemy torpedo, the gallantry of her crew was outstanding. 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.