The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
NAVY CROSS MEDAL to
JOHN R. LOGAN, Jr.
CORPORAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS
3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines,3rd Marine Division
Dates Of Action: Nov 24, 1943
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal John R. Logan, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while in Command of a Rifle Squad in "L" Company of the Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Piva Forks, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands, on 24 November 1943. Finding his advance halted by machine-gun fire from two mutually supporting hostile emplaced guns, Corporal Logan boldly moved forward beyond his own skirmish line and, after reconnoitering, discovered the location of the enemy. Although wounded several times during this action, he courageously charged one of the gun positions single-handedly and destroyed the gun crew. Completely disregarding his own serious condition, Corporal Logan returned to his men to lead the attack which put a second gun position out of action and enabled his squad to continue its advance, but succumbed after the mission had been completed. His exceptional devotion to duty and his valiant fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.