- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Private First Class (Lance Corporal)
- 1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
- Awarded on:
- December 4th, 1943
"For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Parachute Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, during the assault on enemy Japanese forces at Gavutu and Tanambogo, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. While participating in dangerous landings on islands under hostile control, Private First Class Givens, with courageous disregard for his own safety, relentlessly operated his Lewis machine gun in the face of intense opposition. When the weapon jammed, he seized a rifle and, although weak and suffering from severe wounds, displayed tenacious determination in maintaining continuous fire against the enemy and later succumbed to his fatal injuries. Private First Class Given's valiant fighting spirit and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
Commander, South Pacific: Serial 1113 (SofN Signed December 4, 1943).