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Citation for Bronze Star Award


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

"For meritorious achievement as Regimental Survey officer of a Marine Artillery Regiment during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from February 19 to March 18, 1945. Landing on D-Day with the advance elements of the regimental headquarters, Commander Martin immediately assembled the members of his section and initiated the artillery survey despite constant enemy fire. On February 20, he conducted a survey on the airfield and vicinity in the face of intense enemy small arms, mortar and artillery fire in order to complete the initial survey for his regiment and to locate initial points for three other artillery units prior to their landing, thereby contributing materially to the success of his regiment and to all artillery in the massing of fires to neutralize the many hostile targets. Later in the operation, he surveyed the locations for the flash ranging stations on Mount Suribachi and, by the accurate survey and expert control of these instruments, enabled the artillery to locate and neutralize sixteen enemy gun emplacements.

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

For the President

John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy

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