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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON D. C. 20350
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER GEORGE T. COKER
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
For heroic achievement as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam in July 1967. Through his ceaseless efforts, in an atmosphere enemy harassment, threat of torture and brutal treatment, he established and maintained intracamp communications. At great risk and in spite of further cruelty, he continued to devise many unusual and ingenious methods in communications, resulting in American and Allied prisoners resisting the enemy's demands and at the same time improving the prisoners morale. By his heroic endeavors, exceptional skill, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy