My first MoH item!! For those who don’t know, then Lt Col Justice Chambers, served with the 1st Raider Bn on Tulagi and received a silver star for evacuating and organizing the defense throughout the nights despite being wounded himself.
During Roi-Namur campaign, he became the commander of 3/25th. On Saipan he suffered a concussion blast and returned to lead his battalion and then continued to do so at Tinian. He received a Legion of Merit with a Valor device for his competent and conspicuous leadership.
On Iwo Jima, he was awarded the Navy Cross during an action which led to his 3rd and near fatal wounding and his medical retirement in 1946. In 1950, President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor - upgrading his NC due to reinvestigation and added evidence.
His MoH citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the 3d Assault Battalion Landing Team, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 to 22 February 1945. Under a furious barrage of enemy machinegun and small-arms fire from the commanding cliffs on the right, Col. Chambers (then Lt. Col.) landed immediately after the initial assault waves of his battalion on D-day to find the momentum of the assault threatened by heavy casualties from withering Japanese artillery, mortar rocket, machinegun, and rifle fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical, impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an increasing volume of fire directly onto troops ashore as well as amphibious craft in succeeding waves. Constantly in the front lines encouraging his men to push forward against the enemy's savage resistance, Col. Chambers led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained. ⬇️⬇️⬇️