Odell M. Conoley’s Navy Cross citation

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to


for service as set forth in the following


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain O’Dell M. Conoley (MCSN: 0-5183), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 26 October 1942. While under tremendous fire during an assault by hostile forces, Major Conoley, with courageous initiative and skillful leadership, organized a group of Marines and counterattacked a numerically superior unit of Japanese troops who had seized a ridge previously held by one of the companies in his own Battalion. After killing two-thirds of the enemy force and driving off the remainder, he and his group captured many rounds of ammunition and much equipment from the enemy. His heroic conduct, maintained at great personal risk in the face of grave danger, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Born: 9 November 1913 in Amarillo, Texas… Home of record: San Diego, Calif…. Played football and enrolled in ROTC while at Texas A&M… Received his appointment as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1935… Served in China with the 4th Marines and with the Embassy Guard detachment… Also earned the Silver Star at Cape Gloucester… Retired as a brigadier general in 1964… Passed: 1 September 1933… Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Author: Real American Heroes

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