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Tazewell Taylor Shepard , Jr.

Date of birth: January 22, 1921
Date of death: June 21, 2013
Place of Birth: Alabama, Mobile
Home of record: Mobile Alabama

Tazewell Shepard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1943. He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr. (NSN: 0-165426), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomon Islands on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. With great coolness and courage Ensign Shepard remained at his post until his director station could no longer be operated. He then proceeded to areas which had suffered heavy casualties and organized an auxiliary dressing station to which he directed the removal of personnel. Throughout the following action, his tireless efforts to restore casualties resulted in the saving of many lives. His gallant spirit of self-sacrifice, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Services.

General Orders: Commander South Pacific Area & Forces: Serial 066 (November 6, 1942)

Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Ensign

Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)