Staff Sergeant Bryce F. Lockwood United States Marine Corps, received the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with the unprovoked and unexpected armed attack on U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5), in the Eastern Mediterranean, on 8 June 1967.
During the early afternoon hours, U.S.S. LIBERTY, while engaged in peaceful operations in international waters, was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and three motor torpedo boats. The LIBERTY was subjected to intense incendiary, machine gun, and rocket fire and was placed in extreme jeopardy by a torpedo hit below the waterline on the starboard side in the vicinity of the Research compartment. Severe structural damage and extensive personnel casualties were incurred. Staff Sergeant Lockwood, serving with U.S.S. LIBERTY on temporary additional duty, was in the Research Operations spaces at the time of the attack. After the torpedo attack, Staff Sergeant Lockwood, despite severe burns, the rapid rise of water, heavy smoke and complete darkness, was instrumental in the rescue of personnel from the flooded compartments, thus averting even further loss of life. Without regard for his personal safety or his injuries, he assisted in the rescue until ordered to leave. His calm, rational thinking and actions evidenced a high degree of professional competence and moral fiber. After the attack and again without regard for his own injuries and comfort, Staff Sergeant Lockwood spent long tedious hours assisting in the care of the wounded and in whatever duties were required. Staff Sergeant Lockwood’s initiative and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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