The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to
COLONEL JULIAN N. FRISBIE,
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Colonel Julian N. Frisbie (MCSN: 0-313), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving as commanding officer of the Seventh Marines (Reinforced), FIRST Marine Division, serving with the SIXTH United States Army, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, from 26 December 1943 to 16 January 1944. After his regiment had made the initial landing and secured the Division beachhead in the vicinity of Borgen Bay, Colonel Frisbie, maintaining continuous pressure on the enemy, advanced the troops of his command steadily until the assigned sector was entirely secured. Although his Command Post was constantly harassed by Japanese small-arms fire, Colonel Frisbie daily traversed the front lines within the dense and treacherous jungle and, by his brilliant fearless leadership, inspired his command to such valiant effort that virtual annihilation of the 141st Japanese Regiment (Reinforced), was accomplished. Colonel Frisbie’s gallant devotion to duty throughout this period was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: 30 November 1894 in Virden, Ill…. Home of record: Springfield, Ill… Enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1917 following graduation from college, rising to sergeant and becoming a drill instructor… Earned his commission and fought rebels in both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua before World War II… Also earned the Silver Star at Guadalcanal… Retired as brigadier general in 1948… Passed: 28 April 1963… Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, Calif.