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Photo #: NH 94883 (extended caption)
USS Makin Island (CVE-93)
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John L. Highfill (right), the ship's
Photographic Officer, receives the Bronze Star from Captain Ira
E. Hobbs, Commanding Officer, in October 1945.
Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Note: The citation for this award is provided below.
Text of Bronze Star Medal citation for LtJG John L. Highfill:
UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
COMMANDER ESCORT CARRIER FORCE
In the name of the President of the United States, the
Commander Escort Carrier Force, United States Pacific Fleet,
takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to
LIEUTENANT (JUNIOR GRADE) JOHN LEE HIGHFILL
UNITED STATES NAVY
for service as set forth in the following
"For distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement
as Photographic Officer of a Combatant Escort Carrier in connection
with sustained operations against the enemy in Central Pacific
Waters during the period from December, 1944 through May, 1945.
As Photographic Officer aboard the Escort Carrier Force Flagship,
his duties were substantially increased, and these he fulfilled
in a manner which was beyond that normally required or expected.
His professional skill and inspiring leadership contributed greatly
to the success of these sustained operations. The able manner
in which he performed his duties and his conduct were at all
times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States
(signed) "C.T. Durgin"
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
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12 February 2004