The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas N. Powell, Jr. (0-362694), Major (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, Visayan-Mindanao Guerilla Force, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1942, in the vicinity of Cebu, Philippine Islands. Major Powell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Visayan-Mindanao Guerilla Force, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1947)
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