- Second World War (1939-1945)
- U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5), U.S. Navy
- Awarded on:
- May 8th, 1942
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the period 4 May to 8 May 1942. The air squadrons under the command of Captain Buckmaster successfully attacked and destroyed nine enemy ships and numerous aircraft at Tulagi on 4 May, and the two attacks on 7 and 8 May resulted in the sinking of one enemy Japanese carrier, one cruiser and the severe damaging or sinking of another carrier. On 8 May, he so skillfully maneuvered his ship as to successfully avoid nine torpedoes and all but one bomb of a sustained, coordinated air attack against the YORKTOWN by enemy carrier based aircraft. Captain Buckmaster's actions throughout these engagements were a source of inspiration to the personnel of the ship; his outstanding performance of duty and the fine spirit of aggressiveness displayed by the squadrons under his command are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 2050