On the 1999 retroactivity of the Combat Action Ribbon for WW2 Navy and USMC non-aviation vets who were in combat, see the link below. I can barely make out the words "we regret...delay responding to your request." on your transmittal letter and CAR, so looks like he wrote and asked for it. A few years back, I was working on behalf of a WW2 Navy vet's daughters in an unsuccessful effort to prod the Navy to find a record of treatment for a severe shrapnel wound he received in a kamikaze attack on the first day of the Okinawa invasion for which he was awarded a bronze star as first lieutenant in fire suppression that saved his ship from blowing up and/or sinking. The Navy didn't look beyond his St. Louis file that we already had, with no record of treatment and so no PH. As "consolation awards" they sent the daughters a CAR and the Philippine PUC posthumously, since he had died in the mid 90s.
Cool paper, thanks for posting.
In his reunion folder he to someone explaining how someone in his group told him how to obtain this awaed.
Edited by P-59A, 15 July 2017 - 11:14 AM.