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Citation for Bronze Star Medal


CITATION to accompany announcement of the Bronze Star Medal Award published in General Orders No. 24 this Headquarters 16 March 1945


Picture of Harry F. Garber
Harry F. Garber, K-100026, Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers, United States Army, for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Capul and Biri Islands, Philippine Islands, from 19 February 1945 to 22 February 1945. During the above mentioned period Lieutenant Colonel Garber served as navigator for the Detachment of the 542nd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment participating in the North Samar, Capul and Biri Islands operation. In this operation which extended over an area of one hundred miles of narrow, treacherous, inside straits, his skillful navigation, thorough knowledge of currents and sound judgment insured maximum efficiency in the operation of small boats and contributed materially to the success of the entire operation.

Major General
United States Army

Citation for Bronze Star Medal
[This citation was initiated by Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble, Commander, Seventh Amphibious Force through the Commander, Seventh Fleet and finally issued by the U.S. Army under date of 8 January 1948.]


"Commander Harry F. Garber, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, attained meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Southwest Pacific Area, from 22 to 28 March 1945. As a member of a United States Army Survey Party attached to the 542nd Engineer Shore and Boat Regiment, Commander Garber displayed exceptional competence and resourcefulness in preparing a detailed plan for obtaining hydrographic data and conducting close-in soundings off the enemy held beach at Pulupandan, Negros, Philippine Islands, under extremely hazardous conditions. His skillfully tabulated information was of vital importance to the success of future amphibious landings; the charting of clearance over and channels through an offshore reef permitted early landings and facilitated the discharge of supplies. Through his conspicuous ability and devotion to duty, Commander Garber made a distinct contribution to the success of the liberation of the Philippine Islands."

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