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WILLIAM MCCASLAN SCAIFE

Citation for Legion of Merit
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the LEGION OF MERIT to COMMANDER WILLIAM M. SCAIFE UNITED STATES COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

picture of william scaife"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander of a Survey Vessel operating in western Aleutian waters for a period of several months up to and including August 15, 1943. In order to furnish our ships with vital hydrographic information concerning strange and uncharted waters, Commander Scaife, despite severe Arctic weather, conducted extensive surveys in immediate proximity to enemy-held shores and rendered valuable assistance to our forces in the occupation of Attu and Kiska Islands. By his promptness and efficiency in supplying hydrographic data and essential advice in connection with the movements of landing craft, Commander Scaife contributed materially to the success of the Aleutian campaign."

For the President,

Frank Knox
Secretary of the Navy

Citation for Bronze Star Medal
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to

COMMANDER WILLIAM MCCASLAN SCAIFE
UNITED STATES COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

"For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HYDROGRAPHER, during operations against enemy Japanese forces at Guam and in the Palau Islands, from August 3, 1944, to January 31, 1945. Working under combat conditions, Commander (then Lieutenant Commander) Scaife provided outstanding hydrographic services which substantially assisted in the rapid utilization and development of harbors and anchorages essential to the success of the Central Pacific Campaign. His sound judgment, initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Commander Scaife is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

For the President,

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

 

 

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