Commander Ernest E. Evans was in command of USS JOHNSTON on 25 October 1944 during the Battle Off Samar, Philippine Islands. Commander Evans was awarded the Navy Cross, later recalled and replaced by the Medal of Honor, awarded by Congress.
Leon S. Kintberger took command of the USS HOEL and led a destroyer division into action off Samar Island in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Kintberger received the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal Of Honor, and the Purple Heart for his role, and his ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
Commodore Thomas was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, and the Purple Heart for his wounds. The unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for the engagement.
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