The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to
CAPTAIN CARL EDWARD CONRON, JR.,
U.S. MARINE CORPS (RESERVE)
for service as set forth in the following
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Carl Edward Conron, Jr. (0-7899), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving as Commanding Officer of Company I, Third Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, from 28 to 30 December 1943. Leading an aggressive assault on Japanese emplacements along the coastal road approach to the airfield under extremely hazardous conditions on 28 December Captain Conron moved to the front of his troops, pointing out objectives, directing his tanks and automatic weapons against them and on one occasion leading a rifle platoon to a position where our flanking fire could be brought to bear on the hostile emplacements with maximum effect. Ordered to attack and seize an important Japanese position on the high ridge one mile south of the airfield on 30 December Captain Conron led his forces in a smashing, determined assault which lasted throughout the day, repeatedly exposing himself to savage enemy gunfire as he stood up among his men to direct operations. An inspiring leader and exceptionally courageous under fire, he enabled his company to reach its objective without suffering a single casualty. His gallant devotion to the accomplishment of a dangerous and vital mission was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.