The President of the United States takes pleasure in commending the


for participation in the following operations

    The Lae and Finschhafen Landings — September 4 to 28, 1943;
    The Bismarck Archipelago Operation — December 26, 1943, to March 19, 1944;
    The Hollandia Operation — April 21, 1944;
    The Capture of the Marianas — June 14 to 22, 1944;
    The Leyte Landings — October 19 and 20, 1944;
    The Mindoro Minesweeping — December 15, 1944;
    The Lingayen Operation — January 3 to 6, 1945

as set forth in the following


“For exceptionally meritorious service against enemy Japanese aircraft, shore batteries, mines and submarines. Operating in contact with the enemy and under direct attack, the U.S.S. BROOKS performed her duties as a high speed transport, consistently maintaining a superior degree of efficiency in the performance of many varied tasks. Operating close inshore within range of enemy fortifications, her crew and her boats gallantly overcame heavy enemy resistance in support of underwater demolition and shallow water mine clearance; and also the U.S.S. BROOKS contributed to the defense of other units by repelling suicide attacks repeatedly until she herself was severely damaged. Her courageous determination and effort were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. BROOKS during one or more of the designated periods are hereby authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

For the President,

/s/ John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy

Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.