Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation

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Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation
Awarded by United States Maritime Administration
TypeUnit Award
EligibilityUS and foreign flagged merchant vessels
Awarded forOfficers and crew of ships involved in outstanding or gallant action in marine disasters or other emergencies for the purpose of saving life or property at sea.
Statistics
Establishedby Executive Order 9472, August 29, 1944
Precedence
Next (higher)Merchant Marine Meritorious Service Medal
Next (lower)Merchant Marine Mariner's Medal
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Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation Ribbon

The Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation is an award of the United States Merchant Marine. The award is presented as a bronze plaque to vessels, with officers and crew being awarded a ribbon bar to denote the award. Both United States flagged vessels and foreign flagged vessels are eligible for the award.

Criteria[edit]

The Gallant Ship Citation is awarded by the Secretary of Transportation to vessels, including foreign vessels, for, "participating in outstanding or gallant action in a marine disaster or other emergency to save life or property at sea."[1]

A bronze Gallant Ship Citation Plaque is awarded to the vessels. The officers and crew who served on those vessels designated as Gallant Ships are awarded a citation ribbon bar. At the center of the ribbon is a silver seahorse device.[1]

Gallant Ships[edit]

Citation Plaque of the Tug Julia C. Moran
World War II
  • SS Stephen Hopkins, actions on September 27, 1942[2]
  • SS Adoniram Judson, actions in October 1944, presented December 10, 1944[3]
  • SS Samuel Parker, actions in February 1943[4]
  • SS Cedar Mills, actions in December 1943[4]
  • SS William Moultrie[4]
  • SS Marcus Daly, actions in October 1944[4]
  • SS Virginia Dare[2]
  • SS Nathaniel Greene[4]
  • SS Stanvac Calcutta, actions on June 6, 1942[4]
Post-World War II
  • SS Meredith Victory, actions in December 1950, presented August 24, 1960[5]
  • SS Cape Ann, presented October 23, 1957[6]
  • SS Ile de France, presented October 23, 1957[6]
  • USNS Private William H. Thomas, presented October 23, 1957[6]
  • MV Western Pioneer, presented June 29, 1961[7]
  • SS Dolly Turman, presented August 14, 1963[8]
  • Japan Bear, actions in 1963[8]
  • SS Philippine Mail, presented February 28, 1964[8]
  • SS President Wilson, presented April 1, 1965[9]
  • SS Cotton State, actions in February 1965, presented 1967[10]
  • Tug Adeline Foss, actions in November 1965, presented 1967[11]
  • Tug Julia C. Moran, actions on June 16, 1966, presented 1968[11][12]
  • SS President McKinley, actions on January 5, 1967, presented 1968[13]
  • West German ship Mathilde Bolten', actions on December 20, 1964, presented 1969[14]
  • West German ship Weissenburg, actions on May 7, 1965, presented 1969[15]
  • SS President Jackson, actions on January 14, 1970[16]
  • MS Khian Star, actions on December 26, 1969, presented 1971[14]
  • FDNY Fire Fighter actions on May 30, 1973, presented May 22, 1975[17]
  • TT Williamsburgh, actions on October 4, 1980, presented May 21, 1981[18]
  • MV San Francisco, actions on October 31, 1984, presented 1984[19]
  • Tug Stamford, actions on May 5, 1986, presented 1989[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "§51902. Gallant Ship Award". U.S.C Title 46. GPO. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Witness Testimony of Mr. Brian Herbert, Author, "The Forgotten Heroes: The Heroic Story of the United States Merchant M, Bainbridge Island, WA". House Committee on Veteran's Affairs. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "ADONIRAM JUDSON". US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gleichauf, Justin F. (2002). Unsung sailors : the Naval Armed Guard in World War II (1st Bluejacket Books pr ed.). Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press. pp. 95–96. ISBN 9781557504203.
  5. ^ Fohn, Rosanne. "Voyage of Mercy Merchant mariners rescue 14,000 Korean refugees facing death". Mariners Weather Log Vol. 47, No. 1. NOAA.
  6. ^ a b c "ANDREA DORIA RESCUERS HONORED" (PDF). Proceedings of the MERCHANT MARINE COUNCIL. US Merchant Marine Council, US Coast Guard. 14 (12): 200. December 1957. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ United States. Federal Maritime Board and United States. Maritime Administration and Commission, U.S.M. Report of the Federal Maritime Board and Maritime Administration. United States Department of Commerce. p. 10. ISSN 0499-3950. LCCN 51060828.
  8. ^ a b c "SS Philippine Mail Cite as "Gallant Ship"". Proceedings of the MERCHANT MARINE COUNCIL. US Merchant Marine Council, US Coast Guard. 20-23: 86, 182, 193. December 1963. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ United States. Maritime Administration. Annual Report of the Maritime Administration. U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. p. 41. ISSN 0083-1670. LCCN 72648818.
  10. ^ "SS Cotton State of States Marine Lines Receives 'Gallant Ship' Rescue Award". The Weekly Underwriter. Underwriter Printing and Publishing Company. 195: 17. 1966. ISSN 0043-1966. LCCN 88645939. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Tug Julia C. Moran Cited as "Gallant Ship"" (PDF). Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council. 25 (2): 34. February 1968. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Collision SS Texaco Massachusetts and MV Alva Cape" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  13. ^ "SS McKinley Wins Gallant Ship Award" (PDF). Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council. 25 (5): 98. May 1968. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b United States. Maritime Administration (1969). MARAD: The Annual Report of the Maritime Administration for Fiscal Year. U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. ISSN 0882-9004. LCCN 85645802. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  15. ^ Smith, W.J. (6 February 1967). "Commandant's Action on The Marine Board of Investigation convened to investigate the collision of the SS CEDARVILLE and Norwegian MV TOPDALSFJORD on 7 May 1965 in the Straits of Mackinac with loss of life" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Two Merchant Ships Receive Top Awards" (PDF). Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council. US Coast Guard. 28 (7): 134. July 1971. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  17. ^ Hashagen, Paul (2002). Kimmerly, Janet, ed. Fire Department, City of New York (Rev. ed.). Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co. p. 142. ISBN 9781563118326.
  18. ^ United States Maritime Administration (1981). MARAD '81: The Annual Report of the Maritime Administration for Fiscal Year 1984. U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. ISSN 0882-9004. LCCN 85645802. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  19. ^ United States. Maritime Administration (1984). MARAD '84: The Annual Report of the Maritime Administration for Fiscal Year 1984. U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. ISSN 0882-9004. LCCN 85645802. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  20. ^ United States. Maritime Administration (1989). Marad '89: the Annual Report of the Maritime Administration. U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. p. 46. LCCN 72648818. Retrieved 17 January 2014.

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