The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
“For outstanding performance in leading the attack on Safi, French Morocco, November 8, 1942. Under crossfire from three enemy coast defense batteries and machine guns mounted on harbor jetties, the BERNADOU, proceeding through unknown waters in total darkness, effectively countered hostile opposition with only slight damage to her hull, beached at Petite Jetee, and disembarked a company of U. S. Army assault troops without personnel casualty or loss of life. Her distinctive fulfillment of a difficult and hazardous mission contributed materially to the victorious achievement of the Southern Attack Group.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.