PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60), USS Pillsbury
DE-133, USS Pope DE 134,
Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, Commander in Chief, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet, cited the Task Group as follows:
"Completely unmindful of the dangers involved all units of the Task Group then
proceeded to carry out their assigned duties in accomplishing the actual capture. The USS Pillsbury, badly damaged in a
series of attempts to go alongside the erratically maneuvering submarine in order to
transfer a mass boarding and repair party, was forced to withdraw and to transfer
necessary personnel by small boat. Undeterred by the apparent sinking condition of the U-boat, the danger of explosions of demolition and scuttling charges ,
and the probability of enemy gunfire, the small boarding party plunged through the conning tower hatch, did
everything in its power to keep the submarine afloat and removed valuable papers and documents. Succeeding, and more
fully equipped, salvage parties, faced with dangers similar to those which confronted the
first group to enter the submarine, performed seemingly impossible tasks in keeping the
U-boat afloat until it could be taken in tow by the USS Guadalcanal. After three days of
ceaseless labor the captured U-boat was seaworthy and able to withstand, with constant
care, the vigors of a twenty-four hundred mile tow to its destination."
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