Rollin Everton Westholm, USN
|Born ||16 Aug 1911||Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA|
|Died ||26 Feb 1989||(77)|
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Warship Commands listed for Rollin Everton Westholm, USN
|USS Bush (DD 529)||T/Cdr.||Destroyer||30 May 1944||6 Apr 1945|
Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Rollin Everton Westholm, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer USS Bush (DD-529), in action against the enemy during the assault on Okinawa on 6 April 1945. After the ship was attacked by numerous enemy suicide planes, Commander Westholm, with outstanding leadership and skill, and by excellent anti-aircraft fire destroyed four of the hostile aircraft. Despite this outstanding action, three of the enemy planed crashed into his ship and left her in a sinking condition. After giving the order to abandon ship, he supervised the evacuation of the crew and was the last man to leave the stricken vessel. Through his profound devotion to duty, he proved to be an inspiration to all. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
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