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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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Outstanding USMC Valor group! OoooRah!

Semper Fi.....Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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wonderful group, thanks for posting it

-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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  • 4 years later...

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

 

Philip

Actively Seeking:

WW2 USN/USMC Attributed/Named Purple Heart Groups

WW2 USN/USMC Combat Aviation Groups

 

WW2 and Prior USN/USMC Medal Groups

 

Contact me if you have something

 



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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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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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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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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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  • 5 years later...
  • 2 years later...

Adding a map and aerial shot of the Kunishi-Mezado Ridge line on Okinawa, site of Bronze Star w/V citation.

The last enemy's stronghold was at Kunishi Ridge, where Japanese forces prepared defensive positions and waited for attack. Unfortunately all daylight assaults were halted by fierce Japanese resistance and rugged terrain.

 

The 2/7's Spencer Berger, who recommended the citation, and Col. Snedeker remained colleagues of my father's later, Snedeker at Quantico

while commanding the Marine Corps Schools.

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