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Thomas Murray Stokes

Date of birth: February 2, 1899
Date of death: December 25, 1989
Place of Birth: Alabama, Fulton
Home of record: Meridian Mississippi

Thomas Stokes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1922. He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice 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 Commander Thomas Murray Stokes, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commander, Destroyer Division TEN (DesDiv 10), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Commander Stokes was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Commander Stokes contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)

Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commander

Division: Destroyer Division 10