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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

WASHINGTON D. C. 20350

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Third Award) to

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER GEORGE T. COKER

UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:
For meritorious service while interred as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 1 August 1972 to 15 January 1973. During this period, although under constant surveillance from his captors, he performed duties involving highly classified material in an exemplary and professional manner. Through his zealousness and ingenuity, he generated new ideas and improvised techniques greatly enhancing covert operations. Although in a hostile environment, he never wavered in his devotion and loyalty to the United States and his fellow prisoners. By his inspiring courage, exceptional skill, and resourcefulness, he reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.