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  1. Navigator's insignia - http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/usnavy/usnavynavigator.shtml Larry
  2. Typo on MACR number - should be 15453 Is the name and service number you have on the MACR? Larry
  3. Dorr's book "7th Bombardment Group/Wing, 1918-1995" lists two 436th Bombardment Squadron aircraft involved in incidents in May 1945. B-24J 44-41172 flown by Lt. J.P Osborne was lost on a mission 3 May 1945 and B-24J 42-73246 flown by Eugene B. Williams crashed on takeoff 8 May 1945. MACR 14453 lists the crew members of Lt. Osborne's plane. MACR page from fold3.. Additional documentation from a "R&R Report" dated 5 April 1946 indicates "Date presumed dead 4 May 1946...". Does your name and service number match any of these? If so, note that the rank shown for the enlisted personnel is "Sgt" (Sergeant Grade 4). This adds additional questions to the ownership of your uniform. A posthumous promotion is a possibility but unlikely to go from Grade 4 to Master Sergeant (Grade 1). The discharge emblem(as already pointed out) and Master Sergeant rank make it highly unlikely that this coat belonges to any of the crew member's of Lt. Osborne's aircraft. If you have any additional information that you would post regarding the name, sevice number, or aircraft that would lead to another aircraft loss or MACR it would clarify the questions. Larry
  4. Very nice grouping. Note, SSN 579 Swordfish is a nuclear powered submarine and was not commissioned until 15 September 1958 and is the second submarine by that name. Your Warrant Officer served aboard the original Swordfish, SS 193, from 10 October 1941 to 20 December 1943. SS 193 was lost on her thirteenth warpatrol in early 1945. Larry
  5. Found together in a thrift shop in southern Oregon (no studio name on photos)... I sincerely hope the GI got to experience his child growing up with his wife. Larry
  6. Found this while sorting some photos - TB-12 - from DANSF History Davis Charles Henry Davis, born 16 January 1807 in Boston, Mass., was appointed Midshipman 12 August 1823 and made many valuable scientific contributions to the Navy before the Civil War during which he served with distinction. As Flag Officer of the Mississippi Flotilla he directed the capture and destruction of seven Confederate gunboats and rams near Memphis, Tenn., and received the surrender of the city 6 June 1862; joined Farragut's fleet for operations against Vicksburg; and cooperated with the Army expedition up the Yazoo River from 16 to 27 August 1862. From 1862 to 1865 Admiral Davis served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, then served as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Commander in Chief, South Atlantic Squadron; Commandant of Norfolk Navy Yard; and member of the Lighthouse Board. Admiral Davis died in Washington, D.C., 18 February 1877. TB 12, DD-65, and DD-395 were named to honor him. (TB-12: dp. 155; l. 148'; b. 15'4"; dr. 5'10"; s. 23 k.;cpl.24;a.31-pdr.,318"tt.) The first Davis (TB-12) was launched 4 June 1898 by Wolf and Zwicker, Portland, Oreg.; sponsored by Miss H. Wolf, and commissioned 10 May 1899, Lieutenant Commander R. F. Nicholson in command. After trials Davis was placed out of commission 6 June 1899 and laid up at Mare Island Navy Yard in reserve She was recommissioned 23 March 1908 and assigned to Pacific Torpedo Fleet. She participated in the review for the Secretary of the Navy 8 May 1908, then cruised along the west coast as far north as the Columbia River and south as far as Magdalena Bay, Mexico, until placed in reserve at Mare Island 28 October 1909. Davis was recommissioned 1 November 1910 for service in the San Diego area until 10 May 1911 when she again went into reserve at Mare Island. In May 1912 she was towed to Puget Sound for assignment to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was decommissioned there 28 March 1913 and sold for scrap 21 April 1920. Link to additional information and photos - http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/tb/050312.htm Larry
  7. gijoe.. In answer to your original question, here are copies of documentation regarding the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal criteria. The first is from - The Library of Congress, United States Statues at Large, 77th Congress, page 781 - 782 The second is from the - Federal Register, Friday February 14, 1947 **** (For reference, the World War 2 era Army of Occupation Medal was established by War Department Circular 102 dated 5 April 1946. Another reference indicates War Department General Orders (WDGO) 32, 1946 ) Larry
  8. Salvage Sailor's rating is for a Radarman from the 1947 change. The rating for a Radarman from 1942 to 1947 utilized this speciality symbol - Larry
  9. From TIOH - in part (emphasis added) " It was superseded in 1957 by the consolidated Artillery insignia consisting of the crossed field guns surmounted by a missile. In 1968 when the Air Defense Artillery and the Field Artillery were authorized to have separate insignia, the former Field Artillery insignia was reinstated." https://tioh.army.mil/Catalog/Heraldry.aspx?HeraldryId=15342&CategoryId=9362&grp=2&menu=Uniformed Services&ps=24&p=0 Larry
  10. John, Unless you are looking for the history of LION 8 specifically, the information you posted from your father's separation and records indicate that he was no longer with LION 8 after 27 Jan 1945. At that date LION 8 was still located in California. The information dated 13 Feb 1945 indicates he was transferred via NAB (Naval Air Base?) 926 - Navy 926 is the numbered location for Guam. The 19 Mar 1945 information shows he was transferred to US Naval Air Base #939 which was located at Orote, Guam. Forum information indicates LION 8 at Zamboanga on or about May 1945. Your father was already at Guam by that date. Nothing you've shown indicates assignment to LION 6. Depending on his rating, there are any number of jobs he could have been assigned to in a LION or at a Air Base. Feel free to contact me via private message if you have questions or additional information you don't want posted openly. Larry
  11. The circled handwritten notation contains the information regarding BURKE, James Fox II. It is clearer on the original document than the resized attachment. *document from fold3
  12. The USS Bristol (DD-453) picked up survivors from the Rowan. The ship's war diary lists the crew members rescued. Your great grandfather is not listed. Search operations were completed by 0806 11 September 1943 according to the diary. 70 members survived. 1 crew member ( BURKE, James Fox II) died either shortly before or shortly after being picked up and was buried at sea. (See second page notation) *documents from fold3 Larry
  13. Here's a start - USN Service Number 700 54 73 shows up as belonging to PILLSBURY, William Elmer on the commissioning Muster Roll for the USS Jacob Jones (DE-130) 29 April 1943. entered the service 16 Feb 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. was transferred to NOB Norfolk 25 July 1943 as a MM2c. Received aboard the USS William P. Biddle (APA-8) 18 August 1943 Transferred to RS San Francisco FFA 11 June 1945 as a MoMM1c Larry
  14. From Torpedo Squadron 8 War Diary... document from fold3 Larry
  15. LST 819 Muster Rolls show his rating at the time of transfer from the ship (15 May 1946) as WT2c - Water Tender 2nd Class. The three bladed prop design was used by Machinist's Mates, Water Tenders and Boilermakers of the Artificer Branch (Engine Room Force) during that era.
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