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Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Special thanks to Don Schroeder, Sangamon Group Historian, who provided the Presidential Unit Citation image and checked this list.


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / American Defense Service Medal ("A" device) [AO]
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1 star) / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7 stars)
3rd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star)

  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy forces in the air, ashore and afloat. The first escort carrier to prove the feasibility of complete night air group operations, the U.S.S. SANGAMON and her attached air groups struck with sustained fury at hostile warships, airborne and grounded planes and shore installations and remained on station to provide air support for ground operations. In the historic Battle for Leyte Gulf, these gallant officers and men aided substantially in turning back a large force of Japanese capital ships from San Bernardino Strait with heavy damage inflicted on the enemy. Despite the strain of constant alerts and long periods of unrelieved action, the SANGAMON launched her planes in day and night operations, contributing vitally to the success of putting assault forces ashore in landing craft and of maintaining cover until air bases had been captured and established. Although seriously damaged when crashed by a Japanese suicide bomber plane on May 4, the SANGAMON succeeded in retiring to a rear area on her own power. Her outstanding record of destruction to the enemy's vital ships, planes and emplacements is evidence of the SANGAMON's fighting spirit and of the gallantry and skill of her officers and men which enhance the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

    For the President,
    John L Sullivan
    Secretary of the Navy

    North Africa, November 8 to 11, 1942;
    Gilberts Operation, November 20 to December 8, 1943;
    Marshall Islands Operation, January 31 to February 24, 1944;
    Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai Raid, March 30 to April 1, 1944;
    Western New Guinea Operation, April 22 to May 5, 1944;
    Marianas Operation, June 23 to August 1, 1944;
    Western New Guinea Operation, September 15 to 27, 1944;
    Leyte Operation, October 12 to 29, 1944;
    Okinawa Gunto Operation, March 25 to May 5, 1945
  • American Defense Service Medal with Bronze "A" device (as AO-28)

    Operations in actual or potential belligerent contact with the Axis forces in the Atlantic (August-September, October 1941)
  • American Campaign Medal

    For service in the American Campaign Area between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946, inclusive
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star

    North African occupation8-11 Nov 1942
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars

    Gilbert Islands operationNovember 1943
    Marshall Islands operationJanuary-February 1944
    Hollandia operationApril 1944
    Marianas operationJune-July 1944
    Western New Guinea operationsSeptember 1944
    Leyte operationOctober 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operationApril 1945
  • World War II Victory Medal

    For service during the Second World War
  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

    For extraordinarily meritorious service during World War II
  • Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Star

    • Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte and adjoining islands
    • Participation in any engagement against the enemy during the Philippine Liberation Campaign

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