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(formerly AO-29 and AVG-29; later CVE-29 and CVHE-29)

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Special thanks to ABCS Walter E. Skeldon, who helped compile this list.


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation
2nd Row: China Service Medal (Extended) / American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp) [AO] / American Campaign Medal
3rd Row: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 stars) / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
4th Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

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  • Presidential Unit Citation

    The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the


    And her attached Air Groups participating in the following operations:

    CAG-29 (VGS-29, VGF-29), North Africa, November 8 to 11, 1942;
    CAG-29, Task Group 21.11, June 13 to August 6, 1943;
    CVEG-26, Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai Raid, March 30 to April 1, 1944;
    CVEG-26, Western New Guinea Operation, April 22 to May 5, 1944;
    CVEG-26, Western New Guinea Operation, September 15 to 27, 1944;
    CVEG-26, Leyte Operation, October 12 to 27, 1944;
    CVEG-24, Okinawa Gunto Operation, March 25 to June 16, 1945;
    CVEG-24, THIRD Fleet Operations against Japan, July 10 to 15, 1945,

    For service as set forth in the following


    "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy forces in the air, ashore and afloat. Operating in the most advanced areas, the USS SANTEE and her attached air squadrons struck with sustained fury at hostile warships, aircraft, merchant shipping and shore installations in the face of frequent and prolonged enemy air attacks. During the historic Battle for Leyte Gulf, the valiant SANTEE withstood successively the shattering explosion of a suicide plane in her flight deck and a torpedo hit in her side, stoutly conducted flight operations and fighting her anti-aircraft guns throughout the period of emergency repairs. Despite the strain of constant alerts and long periods of unrelieved action, she sent out her planes to cover our landing operations and land offensives and to destroy the enemy's vital airfields and his camouflaged dispersal areas. The SANTEE's illustrious record of combat achievement reflects the highest credit upon her gallant officers and men and upon the United States Naval Service."

    For the President,
    James Forrestal
    Secretary of the Navy

    Note: Facsimile shown was issued to Walter E. Skeldon in 1947, and is therefore signed by Mr. John L. Sullivan, who was Secretary of the Navy at the time.
  • China Service Medal (Extended)

    Service in Chinese territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas, 2-7 September 1945
  • American Defense Service Medal with "Fleet" clasp (as AO-29)

    For service on active duty between 30 October 1940 and 7 December 1941, both dates inclusive
  • 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 2 Bronze Stars

    North African occupation
       Algeria-Morocco landings

    8-11 Nov 1942
    Task Group 21.1113 Jun-6 Aug 1943
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars

    Asiatic-Pacific Raids, 1944
       Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid

    30 Mar-1 Apr 1944
    Hollandia operation
       Aitape-Humbolt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay

    22 Apr-5 May 1944
    Marianas operation
       Capture and occupation of Guam

    August 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
       Morotai landings

    15-27 Sep 1944
    Leyte operation
       Leyte landings
       Battle of Samar

    20-27 Oct 1944
    24-26 Oct 1944
    Okinawa-Gunto operation
       Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto

    1 Apr-16 Jun 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan10-15 Jul 1945
  • World War II Victory Medal

    For service during the Second World War
  • Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Asia" clasp

    Occupation duty in the Asiatic-Pacific area, 16 September to 24 October 1945
  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

    For extraordinarily meritorious service during World War II
  • Philippine Liberation Medal

    • Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte and adjoining islands

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