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Earl T. Gray

Place of Birth: Indiana, Indianapolis
Home of record: Kurtz Indiana


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Earl T. Gray (MCSN: 214851), United States Marine Corps, for distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Lieutenant (Radio) Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua, stationed at Neptune Mine, Department of Prinzapolos during the bandit concentration and attacks against the mine from 22 May to 26 May 1932, by bandit chief Pedron Altamirano and his group of three hundred and fifty bandits. Corporal Gray assumed command of the Guardias and armed civilians stationed at the mine and by promptly taking the offensive and fearlessly and repeatedly seeking contact with the bandits, disorganized them and prevented them from concentrating for a mass attack, thereby saving the mine from capture and sack. During the operations Corporal Gray personally led several patrols out from the mine, two resulting in contacts in which hand-to-hand fighting occurred. So skillfully and boldly did he lead these patrols that vastly superior forces, well-armed with automatic weapons, rifles and bombs, were decisively defeated with heavy losses. The personal bravery, skillful leadership and constant aggressiveness displayed by Corporal Gray were the direct causes for the decisive defeat and utter rout of this superior bandit force, which suffered seventeen known killed and more than twice that number wounded with only minor injuries to several members of his own command, and the saving of the only valuable piece of mining property of Eastern Nicaragua.

General Orders: Authority - USMC Communiqué: 214651 (2 November 1932)

Action Date: May 22 - 26, 1932

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Division: Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua