Navy Cross

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

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The Navy Cross is now the second highest military decoration that may be awarded to a member of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, (and to members of the Coast Guard when operating under the authority of the Department of the Navy). It is awarded for extraordinary heroism:

  • While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
  • While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Actions that merit the Navy Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Cross is equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross (Army) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).

Note that several men in the list below were awarded the Navy Cross based on pre-World War I criteria; at the time it was frequently awarded for administrative accomplishments.

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Benjamin Barthalow
Class of 1900

Kimbolton, Ohio

August 18, 1920 (42 years old)

Navy Cross


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Ralph Griswold
Class of 1902

CAPT, USN

Worcester, Massachusetts

January 20, 1929 (47 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, USS Whitney (AD 4), Ship




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William Williamson
Class of 1907

LCDR, USN

Winona, Minnesota

August 17, 1918 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, USS Orizaba (ID 1536), Ship Namesake, Ship


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Robert Burg
Class of 1908

CDR, USN

Grand Island, Nebraska

September 26, 1926 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Naval Attaché London, Fixed Wing


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Clarence Thomas
Class of 1908

LT, USN

Grass Valley, California

April 28, 1917 (30 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWI, SS Vacuum, Ship Namesake, Ship



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Thalbert Alford
Class of 1909

CDR, USN

Wills Point, Texas

July 2, 1928 (40 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing



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Joseph Murphy
Class of 1909

CAPT, USN

Boston, Massachusetts

February 28, 1942 (54 years old)

Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, KIA, WWII, Fixed Wing Passenger, Indian Ocean, Retired




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Robert English
Class of 1911

RADM, USN

Warrenton, Georgia

January 21, 1943 (55 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing Passenger, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Pan Am Flight 1142, Submarines, Pacific Fleet, Ship Namesake

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.


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Sherwood Picking
Class of 1911

CAPT, USN

Baltimore, Maryland

September 1, 1941 (51 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Book Author, Fixed Wing Passenger, Ship Namesake

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

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Class of 1911
CAPT, USN
Navy Cross, Operational loss, Book Author, Fixed Wing Passenger, Ship Namesake

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

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Henry Hoyt
Class of 1914

LT, USN

Clearwater, Florida

August 24, 1921 (31 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Airship, ZR-2


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John Minnis
Class of 1915

CAPT, USMC

Montgomery, Alabama

September 23, 1921 (30 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Distinguished Service Cross, Fixed Wing


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Warner Portz
Class of 1915

CDR, USN

Newcomerstown, Ohio

January 7, 1945 (53 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, 16th Naval District, Corregidor, Enoura Maru, Oryoku Maru, Pacific, Ship


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Earle Childs
Class of 1915

LT, USN

Lewistown, Pennsylvania

March 2, 1918 (24 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, WWI, HMS H-5, Ship Namesake, Submarine










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Norman Ives
Class of 1920

CAPT, USN

Washington, D.C.

August 2, 1944 (47 years old)

Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, KIA, WWII, Europe, France, Ground


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George Brooke
Class of 1921

CDR, USN

Spokane, Washington

February 28, 1945 (46 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, Brazil Maru, Corregidor, Enoura Maru, Oryoku Maru, Pacific, USS Luzon (PR 7)


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David Roberts
Class of 1921

CDR, USN

Denver, Colorado

March 1, 1942 (42 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Battle of Sunda Strait, Pacific, USS Houston (CA 30), Ship



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Irving Wiltsie
Class of 1921

CAPT, USN

Plainfield, New Jersey

November 24, 1943 (45 years old)

Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56), Ship Namesake, Ship



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John Waldron
Class of 1924

LCDR, USN

Fort Pierre, South Dakota

June 4, 1942 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Battle of Midway, Family, Pacific, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 8, Ship Namesake, Fixed Wing


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Thomas Fraser
Class of 1924

CDR, USN

Boston, Massachusetts

November 15, 1942 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Pacific, USS Walke (DD 416), Ship Namesake, Ship



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Richard Baron
Class of 1924

LCDR, USN

Lowell, Massachusetts

March 15, 1942 (42 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, 16th Naval District, Pacific, Philippines, Ship Namesake, Ground


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Hubert Hayter
Class of 1924

LCDR, USN

Abingdon, Virginia

November 30, 1942 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Battle of Tassafaronga, Pacific, USS New Orleans (CA 32), Ship Namesake, Ship


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Henry Drexler
Class of 1924

ENS, USN

Bethany Beach, Delaware

October 20, 1924 (23 years old)

Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Operational loss, Family, USS Trenton (CL 11), Ship Namesake, Ship


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Harold Pound
Class of 1925

LCDR, USN

Muskogee, Oklahoma

March 2, 1942 (38 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Indian Ocean, USS Pillsbury (DD 227), Ship



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Douglas Smith
Class of 1925

LCDR, USN

New York City, New York

October 24, 1944 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, Arisan Maru, Pacific, USS Oahu (PR 6), Ship


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James Smith, Jr.
Class of 1925

LCDR, USN

Laconia, New Hampshire

November 13, 1942 (37 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Pacific, USS Atlanta (CL 51), Ship


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Charles Tolman, Jr.
Class of 1925

LCDR, USN

Concord, Massachusetts

February 1, 1943 (39 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS De Haven (DD 469), Ship Namesake, Ship


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Julian Morrison, Jr.
Class of 1925

LT, USN

Memphis, Tennessee

February 11, 1940 (35 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, USS Sea Lion (SS 195)

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

1925 Morrison LB.jpg Julian Morrison, Jr.
Class of 1925
LT, USN
Navy Cross, Operational loss, USS Sea Lion (SS 195)

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.


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Earl Olsen
Class of 1926

LCDR, USN

Waukegan, Illinois

November 30, 1942 (39 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Battle of Tassafaronga, Pacific, USS Pensacola (CA 24), Ship Namesake, Ship


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Mannert Abele
Class of 1926

LCDR, USN

Quincy, Massachusetts

July 30, 1942 (39 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Grunion (SS 216), Ship Namesake, Submarine


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Douglas Fox
Class of 1926

LCDR, USN

Dowagiac, Michigan

November 13, 1942 (37 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Pacific, USS Barton (DD 599), Ship Namesake, Ship





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Howard Gilmore
Class of 1926

CDR, USN

New Orleans, Louisiana

February 7, 1943 (40 years old)

Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Growler (SS 215), Ship Namesake, Submarine


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Randolph Boyer
Class of 1927

CAPT, USN

Audubon, Minnesota

August 16, 1947 (43 years old)

Navy Cross, Bronze Star, Operational loss, Fixed Wing Passenger





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William Millican
Class of 1928

CDR, USN

Brooklyn, New York

October 17, 1944 (41 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Escolar (SS 294), Submarine, USNA 8th Company







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Clair Miller
Class of 1929

CDR, USN

Marion, Indiana

January 21, 1945 (37 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Kamikaze, Pacific, USS Ticonderoga (CV 14), Ship, USNA 2nd Company


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Egbert Roth
Class of 1929

CDR, USN

Hebron, North Dakota

October 24, 1944 (38 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, Arisan Maru, Pacific, USS Tanager (AM 5), Ship, USNA 5th Company



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John Bermingham
Class of 1929

LCDR, USN

New York City, New York

February 19, 1942 (36 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Peary (DD 226), Ship Namesake, Ship, USNA 7th Company


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James Coe
Class of 1930

CDR, USN

Richmond, Indiana

September 28, 1943 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Cisco (SS 290), Submarine, USNA 6th Company




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John Craig
Class of 1930

LCDR, USN

Jacksonville, Florida

March 5, 1943 (36 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Family, Pacific, USS Grampus (SS 207), Ship Namesake, Submarine, USNA 6th Company






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Elliott Marshall
Class of 1931

CDR, USN

Portland, Maine

December 2, 1943 (35 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Capelin (SS 289), Submarine, USNA 3rd Company


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Willis Thomas
Class of 1931

CDR, USN

Fresno, California

September 17, 1943 (35 years old)

Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Pompano (SS 181), Submarine, USNA 5th Company


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Millard Klein
Class of 1931

LCDR, USN

Knoxville, Tennessee

October 9, 1943 (35 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Mediterranean, Salerno, USS Buck (DD 420), Ship, USNA 5th Company





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Robert Brown
Class of 1931

MAJ, USMC

Caruthersville, Missouri

September 14, 1942 (35 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Guadalcanal, Map, Pacific, Ground, USNA 4th Company









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John Moore
Class of 1932

CDR, USN

Bisbee, Arizona

February 26, 1944 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Grayback (SS 208), Ship Namesake, Submarine, USNA 5th Company



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Hector De Zayas
Class of 1932

LTCOL, USMC

San Francisco, California

July 26, 1944 (33 years old)

Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, WWII, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, Guam, Pacific, Ground, USNA 5th Company



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John Tennent, III
Class of 1932

CDR, USN

Fredericksburg, Virginia

January 30, 1944 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, KIA, WWII, Kwajalein, Pacific, USS Anderson (DD 411), Ship, USNA 5th Company





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Herbert Fulmer, Jr.
Class of 1933

CDR, USN

St. Louis, Missouri

January 21, 1945 (32 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Kamikaze, Pacific, USS Ticonderoga (CV 14), Ship, USNA 5th Company




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John Butler
Class of 1934

LTCOL, USMC

New Orleans, Louisiana

April 5, 1945 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, Iwo Jima, Pacific, Ground, USNA 3rd Company



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Thomas Oakley, Jr.
Class of 1934

CDR, USN

Staten Island, New York

November 8, 1944 (32 years old)

Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Growler (SS 215), Submarine, USNA 1st Company



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Edward Blakely
Class of 1934

CDR, USN

Norristown, Pennsylvania

October 24, 1944 (32 years old)

Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Shark (SS 314), Submarine, USNA 4th Company









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Lawrence Edge
Class of 1935

CDR, USN

Columbus, Georgia

June 18, 1945 (32 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Bonefish (SS 223), Submarine, USNA 7th Company


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Otto Kolb, Jr.
Class of 1936

LT, USN

Savannah, Georgia

February 28, 1942 (27 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Battle of the Java Sea, HNLMS De Ruyter, Pacific, Ship, USNA 6th Company




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Raymond Vogel, Jr.
Class of 1936

CDR, USN

Ann Arbor, Michigan

September 19, 1950 (34 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, Air Group (CAG) 11, Family, Fixed Wing, USNA 2nd Company


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Fred Newell, Jr.
Class of 1937

LTJG, USNR

Brattleboro, Vermont

January 22, 1945 (29 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, Maryann, Oryoku Maru, Pacific, Ship, USNA 11th Company







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Edward DeLong
Class of 1937

LT, USN

Springfield, South Dakota

July 2, 1942 (26 years old)

Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, POW, WWII, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTB) 3, Pacific, USNA 4th Company

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

1937 DeLong LB.jpg Edward DeLong
Class of 1937
LT, USN
Navy Cross, Silver Star, KIA, POW, WWII, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTB) 3, Pacific, USNA 4th Company

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.














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William Harris
Class of 1939

LTCOL, USMC

Lexington, Kentucky

December 6, 1950 (32 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Ex-POW, Family, Ground, USNA 12th Company


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Lester Wall, Jr.
Class of 1939

CDR, USN

North Attleborough, Massachusetts

April 5, 1950 (33 years old)

Navy Cross, Operational loss, Composite Squadron (VC) 61, Fixed Wing, USNA 2nd Company



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Carter Simpson
Class of 1939

CAPT, USMC

Spartanburg, South Carolina

December 31, 1944 (29 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, POW, WWII, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Corregidor, Oryoku Maru, Pacific, Ship, USNA 4th Company









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Kenneth Brown
Class of 1941

CAPT, USMC

Bradford, New Hampshire

November 23, 1943 (25 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, Pacific, Tarawa, Ground, USNA 6th Company


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John Kirwin
Class of 1941

LT, USN

Newport, Rhode Island

September 11, 1943 (25 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Mediterranean, Salerno, USS Savannah (CL 42), Ship Namesake, Ship, USNA 6th Company







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Willis Maxson, III
Class of 1943

LTJG, USN

Austin, Texas

October 8, 1943 (23 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Skate (SS 305), Submarine, USNA 18th Company


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Robert Thomsen
Class of 1945

ENS, USN

Portland, Oregon

April 16, 1945 (22 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, Kamikaze, Okinawa, Pacific, USS Laffey (DD 724), Ship, USNA 7th Company


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Burton Brown
Class of 1945

ENS, USN

McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

February 26, 1945 (22 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, WWII, USS Porterfield (DD 682), Ship, USNA 4th Company


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Chester Penney, Jr.
Class of 1946

1LT, USMCR

Long Beach, California

November 11, 1950 (26 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Ground, USNA 1st Company


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John Guild
Class of 1947

2LT, USMC

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

September 21, 1950 (25 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Ground, USNA 19th Company



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Earl Valentine, Jr.
Class of 1951

2LT, USMC

Lexington, Virginia

August 27, 1952 (24 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Ground, USNA 12th Company



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Philip Armstrong, Jr.
Class of 1953

LCDR, USN

Detroit, Michigan

June 8, 1967 (37 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, USS Liberty (AGTR 5), Ship, USNA 11th Company



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William Fitzgerald
Class of 1963

LT, USN

Montpelier, Vermont

August 7, 1967 (29 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Ship Namesake, Ground, USNA 2nd Company



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