The President of the United States takes pleasure in commending the


for participation in the following operations

    The Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal — August 17 to 18, 1942; August 21 to 24, 1942; September 3 to 10, 1942; November 2 to 8, 1942; November 25 to 28, 1942; January 1 to 5, 1943;
    The Consolidation of the Southern Solomons — February 4 to 9, 1943; February 17 to March 23, 1943;
    The Occupation of Kwajalein — January 31 to February 8, 1944;
    The Marianas Occupation — June 16, 1944; July 5 to 22, 1944;
    The Leyte Landings — October 18 to 21, 1944;
    The Luzon Landings — January 11 to February 18, 1945

as set forth in the following


“For exceptionally meritorious service and heroism in action against enemy Japanese aircraft, shore batteries, surface forces, submarines and mines in the Pacific campaign. Operating in actual contact with the enemy and under attack, the U.S.S. MANLEY performed her duties as a highspeed transport in an outstanding manner. Operating throughout the Southern Solomons campaign at a time when the United States Fleet was at a low ebb in comparison with the forces of the enemy, the U.S.S. MANLEY remained in areas under enemy control for long periods of time in support of the landing forces, making repeated landings behind the enemy lines, thus contributing greatly to the decisive victory achieved. 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. MANLEY 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.