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220217-N-N1526-004

While assigned to the USS SANBORN (APA-193) "Beach Party" during the amphibious landings on Iwo Jima, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary exposed himself time after time to heavy enemy fire while salvaging medical supplies scattered along the beach and in the water. The enemy was well entrenched and kept the beach under constant machine gun as well as heavy artillery and mortar shelling. Dary's total disregard of his personal safety in performing services not normally expected under conditions facing the "Beach Party" resulted in the saving of much medical equipment and supplies. He continued to render valuable services leaving cover in the area then subjected to heavy bombardment by enemy mortar and artillery fire, to perform emergency treatment of wounded men. He rendered invaluable assistance in such numerous instances that a proper count could not be maintained of individual cases. He continued these individual acts of mercy until mortally wounded while attempting to give emergency treatment to a wounded comrade at arms who was lying in an exposed position. Dary was one of 14 hospital corpsmen to receive the Navy Cross for actions on Iwo Jima.

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