Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, Commander of Motor Torpedo
Boat Squadron 3, U.S. Navy.
Place and date: Philippine waters, 7 December
1941 to 10 April 1942.
Entered service at: Texas.
Birth: 19 August 1911,
New York, N.Y.
Other awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver
Star, Legion of Merit.
Citation: For extraordinary heroism, distinguished
service, and conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as
commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, in Philippine waters during
the period 7 December 1941 to 10 April 1942. The remarkable achievement
of Lt. Comdr. Bulkeley's command in damaging or destroying a notable number
of Japanese enemy planes, surface combatant and merchant ships, and in
dispersing landing parties and land-based enemy forces during the 4 months
and 8 days of operation without benefit of repairs, overhaul, or maintenance
facilities for his squadron, is believed to be without precedent in this
type of warfare. His dynamic forcefulness and daring in offensive action,
his brilliantly planned and skillfully executed attacks, supplemented by
a unique resourcefulness and ingenuity, characterize him as an outstanding
leader of men and a gallant and intrepid seaman. These qualities coupled
with a complete disregard for his own personal safety reflect great credit
upon him and the Naval Service .
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)