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Navy Cross Citation

Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Coast Guard
U.S.S. LST 357
Date of Action: September 9, 1943
The Navy Cross is presented to Warren Calavan Gill, Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Coast Guard, for extraordinary heroism in action as Officer in Charge of small boats for the amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy. Lieutenant (junior grade) Gill, while directing the lowering of small boats from U.S.S. LST 357, which was under enemy fire, was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds he continued with utmost intrepidity to efficiently carry on his duty as commander of the assault flotillas, giving last-minute instructions to the officers and crews. He then collapsed and his injuries were found to be so severe that many months of hospitalization will be required for recovery. Lieutenant (junior grade) Gill's heroism was an inspiration to all officers and men of the flotilla. Because of this and the patient and thorough instruction he had carried out in the landing technique throughout the training periods and the landings in Algeria and Sicily, the performance of this boat in the assault was most admirable.

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