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Citation for Bronze Star Medal


The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to CAPTAIN WILLIAM M. GIBSON UNITED STATES COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

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"For meritorious service as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. PATHFINDER and as executive officer of the U.S.S. OCEANOGRAPHER, in support of operations against enemy Japanese forces in the South Pacific Area, from June 1942 to May 1944. Serving with distinction in a vital assignment, Captain (then Commander) Gibson conducted numerous hydrographic surveys in the waters surrounding the Solomon Islands, frequently venturing perilously close to enemy-held islands in order to obtain accurate data and, by his professional skill and determined efforts, succeeded in preparing complete charts of these strategic waters. By his courage, initiative and devotion to duty, Captain Gibson contributed materially to the success of our forces in these vital areas."
For the President,

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

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