The President of the United States takes pleasure in commending the


for participation in the following operations

    The Consolidation of the Southern Solomon Islands — May 2 to 22, 1943; June 2 to 3, 1943;
    The New Georgia Operation — June 30, 1943; July 24, 1943;
    The Bougainville Operation — October 27, 1943; November 11 and 17, 1943;
    The Bismarck Archipelago Operation — December 26, 1943;
    The Hollandia Landing — April 21, 1944;
    The Western New Guinea Landings — May 19 and 27, 1944; July 30, 1944; September 15, 1944;
    The Leyte Landings — October 17 to 20, 1944;
    The Luzon Landings — December 15, 1944; January 11 to 13, 1945;
    The Nasugbu Landing — January 31, 1945;
    The Okinawa Operation — April 1 to 7, 1945; May 3 to 7, 1945

as set forth in the following


“For exceptionally meritorious service against enemy Japanese aircraft, submarines, shore batteries, surface forces and mines. Operating in actual contact with the enemy, the U.S.S. GILMER performed her many varied tasks as a high speed transport and as the underwater demolition flotilla flagship in a superlative manner. The U.S.S. GILMER particularly distinguished herself by her gallantry in action against enemy surface forces and shore batteries in the Marianas Operation, in which she conducted a hazardous beach reconnaissance; by her conduct of beach reconnaissance and the stirring rescue and saving of the U.S.S. BLESSMAN when that ship loaded with demolitions was burning fiercely at Iwo Jima; by her supervision of beach preparation, he gallant conduct while on screening duty; by her rescue work on the merchant ship LOGAN VICTORY, and her heroic conduct when hit by a Kamikaze plane in the Okinawa Operation. 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. KILTY 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.