Decorations and Awards
The following were awarded for action on the Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands:
|Medal of Honor||4 (3 posthumous)|
|Navy Cross||46 (22 posthumous)|
|Distinguished Service Medal||4|
|Legion of Merit||21|
|CinC Letter of Commendation||80|
|CG Letter of Commendation||96|
|Total Awards||499 1|
Other decorations awarded for action on Tarawa:
1. Alexander, p. 239. However the numbers of Legion of Merit and Distinguished Service Medals cited by
Alexander differs from Blakeney.
2. While the Bronze Star was not created untill well after November 1943, some were awarded retroactively.
3. The Gilbert Islands had been under the British Crown until the Japaneses invaded in 1942.
copyright 1999 T.O.T.W.
Created October 1999 - Updated 12 February 2002