Navy Cross

The Navy Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of the Medal of Honor

(a) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;

(b) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or

(c) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

To warrant this distinctive decoration, the act or the execution of duty must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to set the individual apart from his shipmates or fellow Marines. An accumulation of minor acts of heroism does not justify the award. The high standards demanded must be borne in mind when recommending the award.

The U.S.  Navy helicopter recipients of this award are as followed:

AMM2  Ernie Larue Crawford USN                      
LT Clarence L. “LeRoy” Cook, USN  LCDR David Murphy, USN                                 AMM3 Callis Gooding, USN                                 
LTJG Jeffrie Wiant, USN   LT James Walker, USN  LTJG Harold McEachern, USN
LT William Young, USN  AC1 Lloyd William, Jr, USN  AMM3 George M. Neal, USN
LT Harry Zinser, USN  LTJG Robert Baratko, USN  LT Robert Burnand, Jr, USN
LT Neil Sparks, USN  AN Norman Stayon, USN  AET2 Anthony Hanson, USN
 CAPT John Thornton, USN  CPO Arlene Babbitt, USN  LCDR Allen Weseleskey, USN
VADM Charles T. Booth, II, USN-First U.S. Navy Helicopter Pilot    


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