"For meritorious conduct in the performance of his duties while attached
to the U.S.S. OCEANOGRAPHER from 14 August 1943 to 15 September 1943.
During this period, he conducted a survey of the inner-anchorages
and approaches to Munda, New Georgia, British Solomon Islands. By
his outstanding skill and devotion to duty in planning, he prepared
a navigational chart and provided vitally important navigational information.
Despite hazardous and difficult operating conditions, he prepared
charts of the Munda-Rendova area, thereby contributing materially
to the success of the offensive operations of our forces in that area.
His performance of duty was outstanding and his conduct was at all
times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States
Combat Distinguishing Device Authorized
D. C. RAMSEY
Admiral, U.S. Navy