The President of the United States takes pleasure in
SILVER STAR MEDAL to
MAJOR SIDNEY S. MCMATH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
service as set forth in the following
"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Sidney S. McMath, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Operations Officer of the Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, during the landing on Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 1 November 1943. Landing on the beach under intense enemy fire, Major McMath immediately proceeded alone and unprotected through hazardous areas to reach the foremost elements of the assaulting troops who were pinned down by heavy fire. Skillfully and decisively, he reorganized the scattered units and initiated a vigorous attack which contributed in a large measure to the success of the vital operation. Major McMath's inspiring leadership and fearless conduct under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE