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  1. Thank you, yes I have tried that address and have tried it again this past week. I appreciate your reply.
  2. Does anyone have an active contact address for this group or has it closed down. I have tried several times to make contact but my e-mails go unanswered. I am a life member at large and if there are any garrisons still active I would like to contact them for some assistance. I may be reached at Ian.Millar@wbd-usa.com. Thank you.
  3. Out of general interest, the S/S PAUL HAMILTON was struck by a German aerial torpedo while in convoy UGS 38. The ship vaporized and took with her 8 officers, 39 crew, 29 members of the Naval Armed Guard and some 504 troops there were no survivors. The German torpedo ignited the Liberty ship's cargo of ammunition. A similier incident took place during the passage of Convoy PQ-18 to North Russia when the S/S MARY LUCKENBACH was hit by a German aerial torpedo and vaporized taking with her, her crew of 41 men and 24 members of the Naval Armed Guard. no survivors.
  4. Although this may not be of any help to you I can say that after some 40 odd years of collecting Merchant Marine material I have never seen any paper work backing up the award of the Victory Medal to a merchant seamen, however it may well have been the case that officers and men who served in the US Navy Reserve did get the Victory Medal based on their service in the reserve. The World War II merchant seamen received the Merchant Marine Victory Medal and some who were also US Naval Reserve also received the Victory Medal as awarded to the Armed Forces as well as the other military medals they
  5. Middle ribbon second row looks like membership medal of the Army Navy Union veterans group.
  6. I was in the USCG 65-69 and these type badges were very common to see and as I recall most often worn on baseball type caps. Not sure when they started in the CG.
  7. From what I can see in the photo it appears to be the proper wrap brooch of the early issue Mariners Medal. You will want to check for the designer's initials on the reverse of the medal PM (Paul Manship). The initials are often missing on more modern fakes of the medal.
  8. Just as a passing comment. Regarding the Merchant Marine MED-MID EAST WAR ZONE BAR, stars as attachments were never official for this or the other War Zone Bars. Obviously this one has been in place for a long time. Perhaps the original owner thought he deserved a star for each voyage into the war zone and considering what some of these men and women went through, who could blame him.
  9. I was on my first trip to the Antarctic aboard the USCG Cutter EASTWIND and I received this letter from my father who was also at sea at the time aboard a Farrell Line ship bound for South Africa. The sea today no longer breeds men of my schooling that placed the ship and her needs first, ours when ever it fitted her mood. Remember one very important item - a ship is as good as the men that sail her and many times its apparent only a few of her men are proud but these few are the ship. God never made a lonelier soul than a true seaman he has an undaunted faith in his ship, he spends long h
  10. Brig: Senior Moderator. If you will let me have a snail mail address I will be happy to send you a copy of the letter re Tatosky of HENRY BACON. Bill: I did not write an article on Tatosky for OMSA although you are correct I have authored a fair number of Merchant Marine related articles over time. I did author an article "All They Had for Norway" which was about the HENRY BACON loss and the subsequent saving the lives of several Norwegians who were passengers on board at the time. This appeared in various magazines and newspapers.
  11. I am not set up for submitting photographs to the site however I could send you some Xerox copies via snail mail. There is a fair amount of material with this grouping, envelopes from McCray's wife to him at the camp, letters from the steamship company, detail's of McCray's service and some correspondence from him to myself. I am planning to sell this material down the road as I am slowly letting go of my Merchant Marine collection. Let me have your snail mail address and I will be happy to send you some copies. I do not have any great knowledge of the POW experience but a number of men in my
  12. Chief Engineer Galen McCray was serving aboard the S/S CONNECTICUT when that vessel was attacked and sunk by the German raider MICHEL. He was a POW of the Germans aboard the MICHEL then later handed over to the Japanese. I have two post cards that Chief McCray sent home to his wife during his time as a POW under the Japanese. These cards appear to be the type that the POWs were permitted to send back home to let their next of kin know of their circumstances. The first card is from Fukuoka, Japan from Galen McCray. Nationality: American, Rank: Merchant Seaman, Camp: 3rd Fukuoka Camp. The card
  13. Was there "Stolen Valor" in the Godfather movies? In the opening wedding scene Michael Corleone is shown as above wearing the ribbons for the Silver Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart among others. In part two of the series Michael is giving testimony under oath and clearly states that he was awarded the Navy Cross however in the only scene in the series to show him in uniform there is no ribbon for the Navy Cross!
  14. A letter to Mr. Robert Tatosky from the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Defence dated March 27, 1992. Mr. Robert Tatosky: Replacement of the Norwegian War Medal. We have received a letter form Mr. I Millar dated November 4, 1991 with information of saving the lives of Norwegian refugees onboard "S/S HENRY BACON". as she was attacked and after a brave fight was sunk in the Arctic in February 1945. He also informed us that you never received the well deserved Norwegian War Medal which you were awarded in 1946 as crew member of the "S/S HENRY BACON". Most probably the award must have be
  15. A hand written letter I received from Robert Tatosky a messman aboard the S/S HENRY BACON on the Murmansk Run during WW II. Mr. Millar It was a pleasure to receive your letter. Yes, I am the boy who at the time was 18 years old when the HENRY BACON got torpedoed. When we left Boston in October of 1944 we went to New York to take on cargo. I was 17 years old when we were in Murmansk. I turned 18 on February 16, 1945. As you know the S/S HENRY BACON was sunk on February 23, 1945. It was a good ship and we had a good crew. I have received a telephone call from Gerard O Haviland when
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