John Duncan Bulkeley

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Navy

HOMETOWN
New York, NY

HONORED BY
Ralph Bozorth

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

HE WAS AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, COMMANDER OF MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRON 3, U.S. NAVY. PLACE AND DATE: PHILIPPINE WATERS, DECEMBER 7, 1941 TO APRIL 10, 1942. ENTERED SERVICE AT TEXAS. OTHER AWARDS: NAVY CROSS, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, SILVER STAR, LEGION OF MERIT. CITATION FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, AND CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AS COMMANDER OF MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRON 3, IN PHILIPPINE WATERS DURING THE PERIOD DECEMBER 7, 1941 TO APRIL 10, 1942. THE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER BULKELEY'S COMMAND IN DAMAGING OR DESTROYING A NOTABLE NUMBER OF JAPANESE ENEMY PLANES, SURFACE COMBATANT AND MERCHANT SHIPS, AND IN DISPERSING LANDING PARTIES AND LAND-BASED ENEMY FORCES DURING THE 4 MONTHS AND 8 DAYS OF OPERATION WITHOUT BENEFIT OF REPAIRS, OVERHAUL, OR MAINTENANCE FACILITIES FOR HIS SQUADRON, IS BELIEVED TO BE WITHOUT PRECEDENT IN THIS TYPE OF WARFARE. HIS DYNAMIC FORCEFULNESS AND DARING IN OFFENSIVE ACTION, HIS BRILLIANTLY PLANNED AND SKILLFULLY EXECUTED ATTACKS, SUPPLEMENTED BY A UNIQUE RESOURCEFULNESS AND INGENUITY, CHARACTERIZE HIM AS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER OF MEN AND A GALLANT AND INTREPID SEAMAN. THESE QUALITIES COUPLED WITH A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL SAFETY REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON HIM AND THE NAVAL SERVICE.