“For outstanding heroism in action while attached to an Amphibious Force during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from March 24 to June 24, 1945. Operation in dangerous waters protected by enemy mines and numerous suicide craft, the U.S.S. ROBERT H. SMITH provided effective cover for our minesweeper groups against hostile attack by air, surface, submarine and shore fire. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle, she made an outstanding record as fighter director ship and, by her expert control of combat air patrols, was directly instrumental in preventing damage to ships on picket station with her. Subjected to determined enemy night air raids, the ROBERT H. SMITH sent up sustained antiaircraft fire to destroyer five hostile plane and assist in the destruction of others. A seaworthy, fighting ship, complemented by skilled and courageous officers and men, the ROBERT H. SMITH achieved a gallant combat record, attesting the teamwork of her entire company and enhancing the finest traditions of the Untied States Naval Service.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.