- Vice Admiral
- Joint Task Force 1, Pacific Fleet, U.S. Navy
- Awarded for:
- Operation Crossroads
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. As Commander, Joint Task Force ONE, during Operation CROSSROADS, from 11 January 1946 to 1 November 1946, he displayed sound judgment, broad vision and leadership and initiative of the highest order in organizing, planning and directing the activities of a joint Army-Navy task force during Operation CROSSROADS. His inspiring leadership and wisdom won for him the confidence and loyalty of a large task force which included not only military and naval personnel, but also civilian elements. He carried out an operation of vast scope and of great importance to the future defense of the United States in a thorough and flawless manner. His outstanding performance of duty was Task Force Commander, was, at all times, a credit to the Navy and to the country. His personal courage, determination, and outstanding leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
This award was obtained in the form of third Gold Star to be attached on the ribbon of the first award