Corporal John J. Spillane, Co. A, 2nd Amphib Tractor Batt.
Serial # 311385
Awarded the Navy Cross for action at Tarawa
Crew chief, Company A, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion.
"For great personal bravery and heroic conduct. During the H-hour assualt, several enemy grenades on separate occasions were thrown into the troop compartment of his vehicle. Spillane began throwing the grenades out of the vehicle with absolute disregard for his own safety until one exploded in his throwing hand, mutilating it and causing severe multiple wounds elsewhere on his body. His dauntless courage and quick thinking saved the lives of the assualt troops in his vehicle."
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