|Emil Bernard Stella|
|Born||28 December 1914|
|Died||23 February 2001(aged 86)|
|Place of birth||Hurley, Wisconsin|
|Place of death||Birmingham, Albama|
|Service/branch||United States Navy Reserve|
|Years of service||30|
|Unit||Bombing Squadron 19 (VB-19)|
|Awards||Navy Cross Silver Star Air Medal|
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Emil Bernard Stella (NSN: 0-104007), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINETEEN (VB-19) attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Stella pressed a dive bombing attack on an enemy battleship and obtained a direct bomb hit in the face of enemy air opposition and extremely intense and continuous anti-aircraft fire that appreciably contributed to the sinking of same. His inspiring courage, daring tactics, and fearless devotion to duty in the face of hazardous flying conditions reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Stella died on February 23, 2001.