"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as Judge Advocate General of the Army, particularly in reducing the general court-martial rate per thousand of enlisted strength to the lowest in the peacetime history of the Army; in equalizing and harmonizing court-martial sentences throughout the then rapidly expanding Army; in urging successfully the substitution by Company and Battery Commanders of leadership for trial by courts-martial; in conceiving and drafting much of the legislation which facilitated transition from a peacetime Army to a wartime Army; and in giving sound, liberal and vigorous effect to the laws of the nation in furthering the preparation for war. The administration of his office throughout the four years of his tenure was marked by the wisdom of his counsel and the justness of his decisions. His rare powers of discernment, his tact, and sound judgment contributed materially to the success of pre·war planning."
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct. in the performance
of outstanding service in establishing the Provost Marshal General Department and in the performance of the functions of the Office of the Provost Marshal General. Those functions include the supervision of matters relating to prisoners of war; the training of personnel for the Corps of Military Police, the Security Intelligence Corps and for military government; certain programs of the War Department directed toward the protection of continuity of production, including all investigative activities; and certain programs directed toward the conservation of manpower within the military establishment. He discharged his varied and important duties with loyalty and efficiency. One outstanding public benefaction was his persistent activity in carrying out War Department responsibilities in connection with the sailings of the relief ship 'Gripsholm,' which placed medical supplies intended for Americans in the hands of Japan where they are available to the enemy in carrying out the provisions of international agreements."