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St. John, Richard Earl - Ens

Ensign Honored Posthumously

The Presidential Citation and the Purple Heart have been awarded posthumously to Ensign Richard Earl St. John, 30, brother of R. H. St. John, 3412 St. Johns Drive, and Miss Vera St. John, 3551 Rosedale, the Navy Department has announced.

The awards were made for heroism displayed in sinking two U-boats and in saving crew members of the destroyer Borie, which was sunk in the Middle Atlantic in November, 1943.

Ensign St. John was swept to his death under the stern of a rescue destroyer, after he had helped to save fellow crew members aboard his ship.

The two U-boats went down before the destroyer, one of them in action so close that small arms were brought into play and knives were thrown. Ensign St. John directed the machine-gun fire in that fighting and then handled salvage work in an effort to save the Borie.

He was a native of Royse City, Rockwall County, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. H. St. John reside.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 25 Dec 1944

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