|THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS,GREETING: THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS TODAY AWARDED THE
ENSIGN JOSEPH LOUIS BARUZZINI
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE
|for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo
Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY SEVEN (VT-87), embarked from the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), during action against enemy Japanese
forces in the Kure Area of the Inland Sea of Japan, on 28 July 1945. Braving intense anti-aircraft fire from the enemy warships
and shore batteries, Ensign Baruzzini executed a bold glide-bombing attack against the Japanese cruiser TONE to score a
direct hit on the enemy vessel and contribute materially to the success of his squadron|
in beaching it. His expert airmanship, indomitable spirit and devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Baruzzini and the United States Naval Service.
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