The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft
... Moreer December 7, 1941. Hide
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States takes pleasure In presenting
the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION lo the
and her attached Afr Groups participa
... Moreting 1n the following operations:
September 16, 1943, Tarawa; October 5-6, 1943, Wake; November 19 to December
5, 1943, Gilberts: AG- 16 (VF-111, VBÂ·l6, VT-16).
March 18 to April 30, 1944, Palau, Hollandia, Truk; June ll to July 5, 11144, MariÂ·
snas: AG-16 (VF-16, VB-16, VT-16, Part of VFN- 76).
July 18 lo AUg 5, 1944, Marianas, Palau, Bonlns; September 6 to November
6, 11144, Philippines, Palau, Yap, Ryukyus; Formosa, Luzon: AG-19 (VF-19,
VB-19, VT- 19, Part of VFN-76). .
December 14-16, 11144, Luzon; January 3 to 22, 1945, Philippines, Formosa,
China Sea, ~s: AG-20 (VF-20, VB-20, VT-20).
February 16 to March 1, 1945, Japan, Bonlns, Ryukyus: . AG-9 (VF-9, VBF-9,
June 20, 1945, Wake; July 10 to August 15, 1945, Japan: A0-94 (VF-94, VllF-94,
VB-94, VT- 94}. '
for service as set forth In the following
"For extraordinary heroism In action against enemy
Japanese forces 1n the air, ashore and afloat 1n the Pacific War
Area from September 18, 1943, to August 15, 1945. Spearheading
our concentrated carrier- warfare 1n the most forward areas, the
u.s.s. LEXINGTON and her air groups struck crushing blows toward
annihilating Japanese fighting power; th91 provided air cover for our
amphibious forces; they fiercely countered the enemy'.s aerial
attack& and destroyed his planes; and they inflicted terrific losses
on the Japanese 1n Fleet and merchant marine units sunk or damaged.
Daring and dependable In combat, the LEXINGTON with her gallant officers and men rendered loyal service 1n achieving the ultimate defeat of the Japanese Empire." Â·
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy Hide