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USS Pigeon and the Presidential Unit Citation

Sandy Brown
Sandy Brown
10 Jul 2019

The Presidential Unit Citation, the unit equivalent of a Navy Cross, was created in February 1942, and backdated to actions on or after October 16, 1941. The first warship to be awarded the citation was not what you might expect. The USS Pigeon shows, when it comes to heroism, size does not matter.

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