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US Navy Admiral William Halsey presenting Vice-Admiral John McCain with the Navy Cross on the flight deck of USS Hancock at anchor in the Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 30 Nov 1944.

Caption     US Navy Admiral William Halsey presenting Vice-Admiral John McCain with the Navy Cross on the flight deck of USS Hancock at anchor in the Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 30 Nov 1944. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseNational Museum of Naval Aviation AK Doyle Collection
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Photos on Same Day 30 Nov 1944
Photos at Same Place Ulithi, Caroline Islands
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
19 Jul 2015 09:40:09 PM

Despite what this photo might suggest, VAdm McCain was not being honored for having the Navy’s ugliest hat. Actually, VAdm John McCain’s Navy Cross citation reads:
“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Vice Admiral John Sidney McCain, Sr., United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Task Group 38.1, after the torpedoing of the USS CANBERRA and USS HOUSTON by Japanese aerial forces, ninety miles off the Island of Formosa, during the period 13 to 15 October 1944. Vice Admiral McCain interposed his task group to cover the withdrawal of the USS CANBERRA and USS HOUSTON and by his skillful and courageous handling of his forces broke up repeated heavy enemy air attacks. His actions contributed in great measure to the ultimate successful salvaging of the two damaged cruisers. Vice Admiral McCain’s inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.”

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WW2-Era Place Name Ulithi, Caroline Islands
Lat/Long 10.0305, 139.6705
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