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GREGORY ALLEN ROBERSON, son of Alexander Grace Roberson and Florence GREGORY
Posted by: Ardith Newbold (ID *****6987) Date: July 14, 2003 at 20:21:57
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I now have a copy of the letter from:

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON


The president of the United States takes pride in
presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to

LIEUTENANT, JUNIOR GRADE, GREGORY ALLEN ROBERSON
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

for services as set forth in the following

CITATION:

" For heroism and extraordinary achievement as Co- Pilot of a PB4Y-1 Aircraft, attached to Patrol Bombing squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War Area on December 10, 1944. Courageous and determined while participating in an extremely hazardous lone patrol mission at extreme range from base, Lieutenant, Junior Grade (then Ensign) Roberson performed his essential duties skillfully and with dauntless perseverance as his pilot intercepted and shot down two hostile aircraft deep in enemy-occupied territory. When his plane was jumped by two hostile fighters upon resuming the patrol, he rendered invaluable assistance to his pilot in out-fighting the enemy and in blasting one hostile plane from the sky despite severe damage to craft. With several of the crew and the pilot seriously wounded, three engines and the top turret inoperative, the instrument panel completely shattered and the right rudder control useless, he continued his valiant efforts as his crippled plane was brought down without flaps to save the lives of the remainder of the crew. By his superb technical ability, indomitable fighting spirit and resolute fortitude maintained in the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Roberson contributed materially to the infliction of extensive
and costly damage on the Japanese and to the success of our sustained drive against the enemy in the Pacific. His decisive conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service."

For the President

/signed James Forrestal

Robert Fremont Gregory b. 30 MAR 1857 in Southport, Fairfield, CT. would be Gregory Allen Roberson's grandfather;
Mary Elizabeth Osborn b. 1 MAY 1824 in Poughkeepsie, NY, would be his grandmother.

Gregory Allen Roberson was one of my mother's brothers, unfortunately I only know him via photos. If anyone is in need of a photo of him, please write me.

Ardith Newbold


Secretary of the Navy



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