Navy Commendation Medal Citation


 The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Commendation Medal to Chief Electronics Technician, W-4, David R. Hassall, United States Navy for service as set forth in the following Citation: For meritorious service as Electronics Material Officer in USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) from 28 August 1975 to 2 October 1978. Chief Warrant Officer Hassall consistently displayed exceptional leadership and managerial ability in upgrading and sustaining the material condition and operational reliability of his ship's electronic equipment. Improvements in the Ship's Electronic Configuration Accountability System were accomplished through his perseverance and by his implementation of an innovative training program. Consequently, his subordinates were highly motivated and produced the highest levels of performance which resulted in USS IWO JIMA establishing an outstanding record of multi-channel communications during a 1978 Marine/Navy Operational Readiness Evaluation. During the period of his ship's overhaul, Chief Warrant Officer Hassall worked diligently to ensure that all electronics equipment received the highest quality maintenance. In addition, he sought licensing of and single-handedly established his ship's amateur radio station which greatly enhanced morale during deployment. His diligent efforts and resourcefulness inspired all who observed him and contributed directly to the accomplishment of his ship's mission. By his exceptional professionalism, initiative, and total dedication to duty, Chief Warrant Officer Hassall reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Signed :
W. L Read,
Vice Admiral,
Commander, Naval Surface Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

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