US Navy Dog Tags & Ribbons Grouping

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In the last years I have been getting more and more interested in the US Navy in the Pacific. Compared to other WW2 collecting fields underappreciated and many cool items are still affordable. I picked up a few items over the time and will start posting them here, first up is a small grouping from Seaman 1st Class Harvey Kramer.

Two tags

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Ribbons, from left to right: Phillippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, American Campaign Ribbon

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Two Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, the one in the back is badly faded

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He was on the USS Spica (AK-16), USS Epping Forest (LSD-4) and USS Lindenwald (LSD-6)

USS Spica (AK-16)

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Commissioned in 1940, decommissioned 1946. From Wikipedia: Spica was assigned to the 13th Naval District; and, until late 1943, she sailed Alaskan waters carrying supplies to American outposts on the Alaskan coast and in the Aleutian Islands. During this period, she participated in the campaign to reoccupy Attu. On 24 November 1943, she headed south to San Francisco, California, whence she departed again on 5 December.

Heading via Funafuti, she reached Kwajalein Atoll in January 1944 and returned, via Pearl Harbor, to Seattle, Washington, on 22 March. For the next six months, Spica resumed her Alaska-Aleutian circuit. In mid-September, she began a series of voyages from the U.S. West Coast to Hawaii which continued until mid-March 1945. In all, she made four round-trip voyages between Seattle and Oahu. She returned to Seattle on 17 March 1945 and, on 7 April, once again took up the northern Pacific supply runs, completing her last at Seattle on 14 September.

USS Spica was awarded one battle star during World War 2

Crew of the Spica in 1941

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USS Epping Forest (LSD-4)

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The USS Epping Forest was an Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship, she was very active during WW2 and was still in action during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Commissioned 1943, decommissioned 1968. She participated in the following Word War 2 operations: Occupation of Marshall Islands Operation (Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls), Hollandia Operation, Marianas Operation (Guam), Western Caroline Operation (Palau, Peliliu), Leyte Operation, Okinawa Gunto Operation.

USS Epping Forest was awarded six battle stars for World War 2, five battle stars for the Korean War and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Crew, probably 1943

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USS Lindenwald (LSD-6)

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The USS Lindenwald “Leaping Lindy” (LSD-6) was an Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship, Commissioned 1943, decommissioned 1967. She participated in the following World War 2 campaigns: Marshall Islands Operation (Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls), Marianas Operation (Saipan), Leyte Operation, Luzon Operation, Okinawa Gunto Operation.

USS Lindenwald was awarded five battle stars for World War II service

~ by m1pencil on January 12, 2014.

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