Navy and Marine Corps Medal
The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the highest non-combat decoration awarded for heroism by the Department of the Navy to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The decoration was established by an act of Congress on 7 August 1942, and is authorized under Title 10 U.S.C. § 6246.
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States takes pleasure in
presenting the NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEDAL to
Richard A. Wolverton
AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE THIRD CLASS
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE
FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING
"For heroic conduct during launching operations aboard the U.S.S. WASP on August 17th, 1942. When a scout land plane crashed off the bow of the carrier, WOLVERTON, with cool courage and alert presence of mind, unhesitatingly jumped from the hangar deck into the sea and, with the aid of life preservers tossed down to him, was able to keep the injured pilot and his rear gunner afloat until they could be picked up by a life boat from a destroyer. His gallant conduct in saving two lives at the risk of his own was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy