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First Name: Gust

Last Name: Swenning

Birthplace: Manor, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Shipfitter (Ship Repair) Petty Officer 2nd Class

Home of Record: Melvin, TX
Middle Name: J.

Date of Birth: 02 August 1917

Date of Death: 01 December 1942

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Second Class

Years Served: 4
Gust Junior Swenning

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Gust Junior Swenning

Shipfitter 2nd Class, U. S. Navy

Navy Cross

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Shipfitter Second Class Gust Junior Swenning, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS (CA-32), in action after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942.
When his ship was struck by a torpedo during action against Japanese forces, Shipfitter Second Class Swenning unhesitatingly dove through the oil and water in a flooded compartment to close a watertight door. The conduct of Shipfitter Second Class Swenning throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 319409   Created by: drjones46




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