The President of the United States takes pleasure in commending the


for participation in the following operations

    The New Georgia Group Operation — June 20, 1943; July 4 to 15, 1943;
    The Bougainville Landings — November 6 to 17, 1943;
    The Cape Gloucester Landing — December 26 to 29, 1943;
    The Leyte Landings — October 17, 1944;
    The Ormoc Bay Landings — December 7 and 8, 1944;
    The Lingayen Landings — January 11,
    The Okinawa Operation — May 13, 1945

as set forth in the following


“For exceptionally meritorious service and heroism against enemy Japanese aircraft, shore batteries and submarines. Operating in contact with the enemy and under many attacks, the U.S.S. CROSBY performed her duties as a high speed transport, consistently maintaining a superior degree of efficiency in the execution of her assigned tasks and, by the performance of her battery, contributed to the defense of other units. Her participation in a long consecutive string of varied operations required great stamina and skill and subjected her gallant crew to constant hardships. Her landing of the First Troops on Suluan Island marked the opening of the campaign for the liberation of the Philippines. 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. CROSBY 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.