The Secretary of the Navy Washington
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation to the United States Ship Atlanta for service as set forth in the following Citation: "For outstanding performance during action against enemy Japanese forces off Guadalcanal Island, November 12-13, 1942. Struck by one torpedo and no less than 49 shells, the ATLANTA, after sinking an enemy destroyer and repeatedly hitting a cruiser which later went down, gallantly remained in battle under auxiliary power with one-third of her crew killed or missing, her engine room flooded and her topside a shambles. Eventually succumbing to her wounds after the enemy had fled in defeat, she left behind her a heroic example of invincible fighting spirit." For the President, Frank Knox Secretary of the Navy.