JOHN FREDERICK WEBER
UNITED STATES 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 John Frederick Weber (0-7267), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, January 3 to 10, 1944. Resolutely proceeding across a river in the face of shattering hostile machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire on January 3 and 4, Captain Weber led his men in an overwhelming attack on Japanese forces established in a strongly fortified position on the opposite bank, overrunning and destroying the enemy. By his daring leadership on January 9 and 10, Captain Weber advanced his company up the side of a steep, heavily fortified ridge, again driving the hostile forces out and setting up a defensive position. Maintaining staunch resistance during the night, the men of his command withstood repeated Japanese counterattacks and succeeded in inflicting important and heavy losses upon the attacking forces. Captain Weber’s splendid initiative and gallant devotion to duty throughout these hazardous engagements were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: Rochester, N.Y…. Home of record: Rochester, N.Y.