Navy Cross

noun

: a U.S. Navy decoration awarded for extraordinary heroism in operations against an armed enemy

Examples of Navy Cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During his career, Dealey also received a Navy Cross, two Gold Stars, and the Distinguished Service Cross. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 24 May 2024 His commendations included the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and, for wounds received while leading a rifle platoon, two Purple Hearts. Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 Ceremony salutes Korean War fighter pilot The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will hold a Veteran Honor Ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday June 22 to recognize the service of North County resident Capt. E. Royce Williams, 98, a Korean War flying ace, who received the Navy Cross. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2023 Cavazos was one of the more than 1,000 winners of the Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross — the Navy’s equivalent award — given to service members during the 1950-1953 Korean War. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 Miller won the Navy Cross for his heroism during the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2020 McClusky was awarded a Navy Cross, but historians have never recognized him for his crucial role in the battle that was the turning point in the Pacific War. WSJ, 16 Feb. 2023 He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2018, upgraded from a Navy Cross awarded in 1970, for his actions in 1968 during the battle of Hue City, South Vietnam. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2022 Bucklew was later awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service as a Scout Boat Officer on July 10, 1943. cincinnati.com, 26 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Navy Cross was in 1919

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“Navy Cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Navy%20Cross. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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