Archive for the ‘Navy Cross’ Category

James Webb: Navy Cross

November 10, 2007

The Virginian-Pilot
October 27, 2006

Editor’s note: The Navy Cross is the nation’s second-highest award for bravery in facing an enemy.

James Webb has refused to use it in his campaign. We are publishing it with our endorsement of him because we believe it testifies to his character.The Navy Cross is presented to James H. Webb, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.

On 10 July 1969, while participating in a company-sized search and destroy operation deep in hostile territory, First Lieutenant Webb’s platoon discovered a well-camouflaged bunker complex which appeared to be unoccupied. Deploying his men into defensive positions, First Lieutenant Webb was advancing to the first bunker when three enemy soldiers armed with hand grenades jumped out.

Reacting instantly, he grabbed the closest man and, brandishing his .45 caliber pistol at the others, apprehended all three of the soldiers.

Accompanied by one of his men, he then approached the second bunker and called for the enemy to surrender. When the hostile soldiers failed to answer him and threw a grenade which detonated dangerously close to him, First Lieutenant Webb detonated a claymore mine in the bunker aperture, accounting for two enemy casualties and disclosing the entrance to a tunnel.

Despite the smoke and debris from the explosion and the possibility of enemy soldiers hiding in the tunnel, he then conducted a thorough search which yielded several items of equipment and numerous documents containing valuable intelligence data. Continuing the assault, he approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy

Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body.

Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker.

By his courage, aggressive leadership, and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Webb upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.


Dave Robinson: Navy Cross

November 9, 2007

I have written about some of the truly remarkable people I’ve met and worked with before. Here is recognition of one of the very fine gentlemen I greatly admire:
Vice Admiral David Brooks Robinson, U.S. Navy (Retired).


Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Canon (PG-90)
Date of Action: August 11, 1970

Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to David Brooks Robinson, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Commanding Officer of the Patrol Gunboat, U.S.S. Canon (PG-90), during operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam on 11 August 1970.

While Lieutenant Commander Robinson was directing his ship’s harassment and interdiction fire as the craft proceeded up the Bo De River, the ship suddenly came under intense enemy automatic weapons, rocket and small arms attack from an estimated forty-man force located in well-concealed positions in a mangrove swamp on both banks of the river. During the initial hail of enemy fire, Lieutenant Commander Robinson sustained a broken leg and numerous shrapnel wounds when a rocket exploded on the port side of the flying bridge.

Despite his serious wounds and loss of blood, he continued to direct his ship’s fire until the enemy attack was suppressed. Refusing medical evacuation, Lieutenant Commander Robinson submitted to first-aid treatment and then requested that he be strapped in a stretcher and placed in an upright position so that he could continue to direct the actions of his ship until it cleared the enemy ambush site.

Only after the ship was anchored at an advanced tactical support base and he was assured that his ship and crew were capable of continuing their assigned mission, did he allow himself to be medically evacuated.y his extraordinary courage, resolute fighting spirit and inspiring personal example in the face of a fierce enemy attack, Lieutenant Commander Robinson upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

USS CANON (PG-90) while underway on the Cua Lon was ambushed at 0920 from both banks of the river.

The ship received 8 B-40 rocket hits to port & starboard resulting in extensive damage to the bridge and 14 personnel casualties, including the CO.

Escorted by 2 PCF’s and an LSSL, CANON returned to SEAFLOAT where 5 personnel were medivaced.

Before allowing himself to be removed from the ship, the CO, LCDR David B. Robinson, had himself strapped to a stretcher so that he could inspect the ship to assure himself the ship and crew were safe and ready for further combat.

He then turned the ship over to the XO and was medevaced.

As a result of the action the C.O. LCDR Robinson and WO/SO, LTJG Robert S. Herbert were awarded the Navy Cross.

When VADM Robinson retired from the Navy in 1996, he told those assembled that when he was an Ensign, his wife crocheted something to hang on the kitchen wall.  It read: “It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice!”

See the gunboats of the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam war:

Length: 165 ft.
Beam: 24 ft.
Draft: 5 ft.
Crew: 3 officers, 21 crew
Commissioned: July 26, 1968
Decomissioned: January 31, 1977
Propulsion: 2 Cummins VT12-875 diesel engines, and a GE model 7 LM 1500 gas turbine engine
Armament: One single 3″/50 gun mount, one single 40mm gun mount, two twin .50 cal. mg mounts
More Info: USS Canon