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Started by collector , Oct 29 2007 08:12 AM

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#1 collector

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 08:12 AM

This group shows Col. L.G. Ditta receiving the Silver Star from Gen. Rupertus after Guadalcanal (as a Captain), and receiving the Bronze Star w/V after Okinawa (as a Major), don't have the Navy Captain's name right now. I will post the award recommendations and descriptions of the actions after I have scanned them.

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#2 Ricardo

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 10:48 AM

WOW!!!! Great group and display!!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Thank you for sharing!!

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 11:52 AM

Outstanding USMC Valor group! OoooRah!
Semper Fi.....Bobgee

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:05 PM

I agree, this is a stunning group! Just amazing.
Thanks for sharing it!

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 07:13 AM

wonderful group, thanks for posting it

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:53 AM

Here's a shot showing the ribbons probably in 1945, after Okinawa. He's already a Major, and there is a third star on the Asiatic Pacific ribbon, but no Bronze Star ribbon or second star on the PUC yet.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:00 AM

WoW! Thats a great medal group :love: :twothumbup: Thanks for posting it.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:04 AM

The following are Purple Heart items. This one is an excerpt from Col. Mitchell Paige's Book, ' Marine Named Mitch', a copy of which Paige sent to our family after my father's death with a very nice dedication.
This excerpt mentions my father's (Capt. Ditta's) wound. I've included a photo of Paige as a Sgt., pre-war 1941 at (I think) Parris Island, taken by my father. I have several other images of Sgt. Paige, also taken by my father with the negatives as well.


"It was a really strange sort of quietness. As I sat down soaked with perspiration and steam still rising from my hot gun, Captain Louis Ditta, another wonderful officer who had joined the riflemen in the skirmish line and had earlier been firing his 60mm mortars to help me, slapped me on the back and as he handed me his canteen of water he kept saying, 'tremendous, tremendous!' He then looked down at his legs. We could see blood coming through his dungarees. He had a neat bullet hole in his right leg. 
There were hundreds of enemy dead in the grass, on the ridge, in the draw, and in the edge of the jungle. We dragged as many as we could into the jungle, out of the sun. We buried many and even blasted some of the ridge over them to prevent the smell that only a dead body can expel in heat. A corpsman sent by Capt. Ditta smeared my whole left arm with a tube of salve of some kind."

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:07 AM

I can only imagine my Grandmother having this translated to her into Italian by my Uncle Joe. The first part " Deeply regret to inform you..." She probably fainted before she heard the wounded part.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:12 AM

This next group relates to his Bronze Star w/combat 'V'. This first one is the original recommendation for award by Spencer Berger, my father's CO. It was originally for the Legion of Merit, but was changed to a Bronze Star.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

Here's the final official award letter.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:22 AM

And here's a letter from the Commandant with original signature.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:32 AM

Absolutely great grouping, and quiet a family heirloom! What a Rememberance !!

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

Finally a shot of Maj Gen Spencer Berger (the original recommending officer) with my father and Commandant Pace at Camp Lejeune. Berger is in the rear center.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:40 AM

Now a couple of documents for the Silver Star.
Haven't found the original recommendation which would be in greater detail, but here's the official award letter.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:42 AM

And the congratulatory letter with original signature from Admiral Halsey.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:53 AM

And here's a close-up of a shot from a home town dinner, it shows the ribbons, and also the Guadalcanal patch. This would have been after he returned from Cape Gloucester. Anybody know who the other Marine is? Looks like he was awarded Navy Cross, with some of the older campaign ribbons (including China?).

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

combat record

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