NCDUs Zymroz, Czeslaw

John Robertson

Staff member
Czeslaw (Chester)
  • UNIT
U.S.N. NCDU (attached USS Cherokee)
  • RANK
Machinists Mate Second Class
Navy Cross
North Africa 1942
from Springfield,Massachusetts
born 15.2.1916 Holyoke,Massachusetts
father John, mother Delia. E. Zymroz
2 brothers, 1 sister
enlisted 05.02.1936
served onboard USS Cherokee
discharged 04.02.1957
died 26.05.1973 Springfield, Massachusetts
buried Agawam Cemetery, Agawam, Massachusetts
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Machinist's Mate Second Class Czeslaw Zymroz, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the Fleet Tug U.S.S. CHEROKEE (AT-66), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River in order to land raiders near a strategic airport, Machinist's Mate Second Class Zymroz and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November, proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his comrades skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Machinist's Mate Second Class Zymroz and the other members of his party, in spite of the enormous breakers which battered their boat, brought her back to safety. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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