- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Pacific Fleet, U.S. Navy
"For exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in that through his excellent and audacious planning and his superb assistance, while serving in the capacity of Chief of Staff to a Task Force Commander, he contributed, to an ultimate degree, to the success of a series of gallant missions carried out by that force, namely: The attack on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, the raids on Wake and Marcus Islands, and other subsequent similar operations in the Central Pacific. Also, by his expert planning and brilliant execution he was largely responsible for the rout of the enemy in the Battle of Midway. Later, while serving in a similar capacity with the Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force, by his unfaltering courage and timely advice in this position of great responsibility he was, to a marked degree, instrumental in the successful culmination of many operations in the South Pacific. His conduct and example in operation and administration have been in accordance with the best traditions of the service and many victories in the Pacific can be directly attributable to his exceptional performance of duty."