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    Charles Satterlee

    Class of 1898

    Distinguished Service Medal and Purple Heart

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    Captain Charles Satterlee graduated from the Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction in 1898, also receiving the honor of being first in his class. Upon the declaration of war with Spain, the Revenue Cutter Service was transferred under the Navy. During this time period, then 3rd Lieutenant Satterlee served aboard the U.S.S. Woodbury with Admiral Sampson’s North Atlantic Squadron. He aided in conducting blockade operations off the coast of Cuba until the cessation of the conflict. Mr. Satterlee served in various capacities until 1917, when the United States declared war with Imperial Germany, thus beginning its engagement in the First World War. Captain Satterlee was appointed as the commanding officer aboard the USCGC Tampa. As Tampa’s captain, he conducted many convoy escorts that would supply troops during the war. It was during one such convoy that he received orders to break off from formation to steam to a new location. On 26 September 1918, USCGC Tampa was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine and consequently sunk. All hands were lost in the line of duty, and the crew were all awarded a Purple Heart for their honorable sacrifice. Captain Satterlee’s devotion to duty and unwavering commitment to the mission during two separate wars is certainly a great model for cadets to aspire to.


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    T. James Crotty

    Class of 1934

    Bronze Star Medal

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    Lieutenant T. James Crotty is cited for outstanding service in connection with operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War Area from October 1941 to May 1942. Highly skilled in the handling of explosives, Lieutenant Crotty ably supervised the demolition of the U.S.S. Sea Lion, together with other naval, military, and important civilian establishments to prevent them from falling into the hands of the enemy during the evacuation of Manila and the Cavite Navy Yard areas in December 1941. Subsequently attached to the U.S.S. Quail as Executive Officer, he rendered invaluable assistance to his ship during mine-sweeping operations and the bombardment of the west coast of Bataan and, returning to Fort Mills as Adjutant of the Headquarters Guard Battalion, continued to discharge his responsibilities under extremely hazardous conditions until the capitulation of the forts in the Manila Bay area. By his courage, marked professional ability and unswerving devotion to duty throughout this critical period, Lieutenant Crotty served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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    Joseph M. Maka

    Class of 1964

    Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    Lieutenant Joseph M. Maka was cited for meritorious achievement on 13 May 1967 while serving as Commanding Officer of the USCGC Point Kennedy (WPB 82320) operating in enemy waters off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam. The Point Kennedy was assigned the mission of escorting a U.S. Navy sounding survey boat in hostile waters when the boat came under intense enemy fire from the beach. The survey boat sustained a direct hit at the waterline and began to sink. Lieutenant (then Lieutenant Junior Grade) Maka unhesitatingly placed the Point Kennedy in the line of fire between the enemy sally and the survey boat in order to shield it from further gunfire by securing the boat alongside. The Point Kennedy returned the enemy’s gunfire expending 1,500 rounds of .50 caliber machine-gun ammunition to suppress the Viet Cong barrage while simultaneously screening the survey boat from attack, rescuing the boat’s crew and salvaging the sinking boat. While the Point Kennedy’s salvage crew was controlling the flooding damage to the survey boat to prevent it from sinking, the Point Kennedy came under fire from the enemy’s shore batteries. In the face of intense recoilless-rifle fire impacting within twenty yards of his own vessel, Lieutenant Maka directed extremely accurate mortar fire from the Point Kennedy at the enemy cannonade and called in a combat air strike against these enemy emplacements. Through his effective and well-coordinated efforts in damage control, his superb seamanship, and his accurate gunfire, he saved a valuable survey boat and its crew while bringing his vessel through the combat action with no personnel casualties. Lieutenant Maka’s exemplary leadership, courage, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Armed Forces.


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    William C. Carr

    Lieutenant Junior Grade
    Class of 1965

    Bronze Star

    For service as set forth in the following Citation:


    Lieutenant (junior grade) Carr is cited for meritorious service in connection with operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force in the Republic of Vietnam on 10 March 1968. On that date enemy artillery fire struck the Naval Support Activity Detachment Cua Viet LST ramp, causing many secondary explosions and fires. Lieutenant (junior grade) Carr brought his vessel, the USCGC Point Arden (WPB 82309) across the rough Cua Viet bar and into the vicinity of the LST ramp. He sent ashore a fire fighting party which successfully secured much of the burning material, towed an ammunition laden vessel away from the fire, and used his vessel’s communication facilities to organize further firefighting parties and medical assistance. He then maneuvered Point Arden alongside the ramp to assist in fighting the fire. When a large explosion severely damaged his vessel, he moved away from the ramp taking a doctor and several wounded personnel with him. Lieutenant (junior grade) Carr’s ability to identify and take appropriate action and to organize the men and facilities at his disposal were instrumental in reducing the damage and causalities in this action. His alert thinking, prompt action and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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