The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Francis D. Boyle (0-73542), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CHARR (SS-328), on the SECOND War Patrol of that submarine during the period 27 March 1945 to 21 May, 1945, in enemy controlled waters of the Southwest Pacific. Commander Boyle's able leadership of a coordinated group of submarines resulted in a very successful attack on an enemy task force after an arduous three-day chase. After one of the submarines under his command had obtained a hit on an enemy cruiser, Commander Boyle took his submarine in to close range and destroyed the enemy vessel. He then effected an escape despite a severe enemy depth charge attack. On another occasion he destroyed an enemy freighter in a surface engagement. His aggressiveness and conduct throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
Commander, 7th Fleet: Serial 04255 (July 23, 1945)