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STEPHENSON, James L.

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STEPHENSON, James L. (Hazel Green, WI-- ). Recipient, Navy Cross. On February 11, 1945, Corporal Stephenson (Marine Corps) serving as a member of a tank liaison team of the Fifth Tank Battalion, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese on Iwo Jima, acted on his own initiative during a heavy rainfall which blinded the tank drivers. Corporal Stephenson, proceeding on foot, led a platoon of tanks in the face of intense enemy fire, through hostile mine field areas to a firing position. Braving enemy fire at close range, he directed the tanks' fire against Japanese positions and subsequently led the vehicles safely back to their own rear areas.

Information provided by Richard G. Bridges.