- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Commander
- U.S.S. Drum (SS-228), U.S. Navy
- Awarded on:
- July 16th, 1942
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Robert Henry Rice (NSN: 0-61242), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. DRUM (SS-228), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 17 April 1942 to 12 June 1942, in enemy controlled waters in close proximity to the enemy homeland coast. There, despite strong enemy anti-submarine measures and many navigational dangers, Lieutenant Commander Rice coolly and resolutely pressed home every favorable attack opportunity and succeeded in penetrating a screen to sink one enemy seaplane carrier of 9,000 tons, and three merchant ships totaling 15,000 tons. After three of these attacks, his submarine was the target for prolonged attacks by the enemy through which he brought his ship and personnel unscathed. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 3012, 2x recivied