In terms of military honors, the Navy Cross (and its Army and Air Force equivalents) rank second only to the Medal of Honor as medals for valor. Since World War I, the Navy Cross – which is normally awarded to members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard – has been awarded only 6300 times.
“To earn a Navy Cross, the act to be commended must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to render the individual highly conspicuous among others of equal grade, rate, experience, or position of responsibility. An accumulation of minor acts of heroism does not justify an award of the Navy Cross.”
A member of the military who has received one Navy Cross (or equivalent) is considered a highly decorated soldier, but there have been two people who have won the award five times:
- Marine General Lewis “Chesty” Puller
- Naval Officer Roy Milton Davenport
There are also seven men who received four citations of the Navy Cross, all during World War II, and all possessing terrific names in addition to tremendous valor.
- Slade D. Cutter
- Samuel Dealey
- Glynn R. “Donc” Donaho
- Eugene Fluckey
- Anton Renkl Gallaher
- Harold Mazza
- Dudley “Mush” Morton
Dealey and Fluckey also won the Medal of Honor. Puller was also awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army equivalent to the Navy Cross.
In keeping with this tradition, and with no disrespect meant to the Armed Forces nor the
medals already awarded, I would like to bestow an additional award for Distinguished Nomenclature upon these nine men. Eight men for directly awesome names, and Davenport for second-order nomenclature, giving birth to two daughters who would become Delia Gruenig and Bonnie Byhre.
As citizens of a country that has preserved for us the freedom to make this blog, we thank these nine men for their service.