FOURTH MARINE DIVISION, FLEET MARINE FORCE c/o FLEET POST OFFICE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
In the Name of the President of the United States. The Commanding General, Fourth Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, takes pleasure in awarding the Bronze Star Medal to;
Machinist Mate Third Class Marvin A. Nottingham, U.S.N.R. for service as set forth in the following.
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"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as a member of an assault Battalion Landing Team Shore Party on Iwo-Jima,Volcano Islands, on 19, February 1945. An operator of a heavy tractor dozer, Machinist Mate Third Class Nottingham landed his tractor under heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire on "D" day. Leading the way for other vehicles coming from the same landing ship, he bulldozed a path to permit their movement along the beach. When another of the tractors was hit by enemy machine gun fire wounding the operator and threatening destruction of the equipment, Machinist Mate Third Class Nottingham, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, left his own tractor, entered the field of fire of the enemy machine gun, and drove the other tractor to safety. His quick and decisive action saved the life of his comrade and prevented the loss of valuable equipment. His courage and conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.