WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro has awarded the Navy Cross to retired Navy Capt. E. Royce Williams for his actions on November 18, 1952.
This is an upgrade of the Silver Star Medal previously awarded to then-Lt. Williams on May 7, 1953, for his actions during the Korean War where he led a division of three fighter planes against seven enemy MiG-15s.
“Having reviewed the findings of now numerous investigations related to the case of Capt. Royce Williams, I have determined this case to be special and extraordinary,” said Del Toro. “Lt. Williams took the lead of an incredibly critical mission during the Korean War which led to the protection of Task Force 77 from enemy attack. I authorize the Navy Cross be awarded for his valorous actions committed from personal bravery and self-sacrifice to country. His actions clearly distinguished himself during a high-risk mission and deserves proper recognition.”
10 U.S.C. 1130 is a provision that allows Service Secretaries consideration of proposals for decorations not previously submitted, or the upgrade of awards.