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This is a commendation with ribbon for a sailor from the USS Heywood APA-6 for hauling Marines and gear ashore during the Tarawa operation. The Japanese guns and heavy light machine guns plagued this operation for many days in the lagoon as the landing craft approached the island of Betio.I think its interesting as you often see Forrestal or Knox signatures but this one is from Ralph A. Bard who was the Acting Secretary of the Navy. Hoping Kurt or other medal/document collectors can comment on that,´

 

 

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Bought this group quite a few years ago off Ebay. A woman picked up a USN jumper at an estate sale in Dallas (Blake was from there) Once she returned home, she reached into the upper jumper pocket and there was his folded commendation. The jumper was very moth eaten so she cut the insignia off the jumper and bell bottoms and included them in the auction.

 

Kurt

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His embroidered name from his 13 button bell bottom trousers.

 

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Nice little Tarawa group to a heroic Navy LCVP coxswain,

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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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Doing some research, Frank Knox died at the end of April of 1944 and Forrestal became Secretary of the Navy in May of 1944. So possibly Bard was signing USN/USMC citations during this time period. Do any of the other USN USMC medal and document collectors have examples of Bard´s signature on documents in their collection?

 

Kurt

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Thats a great little group Kurt.

Wanted: Missouri Medals

 

I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

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Nice document Kurt!

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Thanks, Kurt do you have any USN documents with Bardś signature as Acting Secretary of the Navy? Or Robert, Bob, Frank or others?

 

Kurt

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