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(later CVU-62)

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7 stars)
2nd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars)

  • Presidential Unit Citation

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


    And her attached Air Squadrons participating in the following operations:

    VC-63, Marshall Islands Operation, 29 Jan. - 8 Mar. 1944;
    VC-63, W. New Guinea Operation, 22 Apr. - 5 May 1944;
    VC-81, Leyte Operation, 17 - 30 Oct. 1944;
    VC-81, Luzon Operation, 13 - 17 Dec. 1944, 4 - 18 Jan. 1945;
    VC-81, Iwo Jima Operation, 16 Feb. - 8 Mar. 1945;
    VC-9, Okinawa Gunto Operation, 25 Mar. - 24 Jun. 1945,

    For service as set forth in the following


    "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces in the air, ashore and afloat. Striking aggressively at her targets in the face of frequent and sustained hostile air attacks, the U.S.S. NATOMA BAY caused extremely heavy losses to the enemy in warships, aircraft, merchant shipping and shore installations destroyed or severely damaged. As Flagship of Task Unit 77.4.2 in the historic Battle for Leyte Gulf, the NATOMA BAY fought her guns gallantly against enemy dive bomber and suicide planes, at the same time, sending out her own aircraft to strafe and bomb Japanese Fleet units. During the Mindoro assault, she aided in covering the invasion successfully despite active hostile airfields surrounding the Sulu Sea. Although crashed by a Japanese Kamikaze while participating in a heavy assault on Miayko Jima on June 7, she sent out 55 sorties from her damaged flight deck. Her illustrious record of achievement, made possible by her own combat readiness and the courageous fighting spirit of her officers and men, reflects the highest credit upon the NATOMA BAY and the United States Naval Service."

    For the President,
    John L. Sullivan
    Secretary of the Navy
  • American Campaign Medal

    For service in the American Campaign Area between 14 October 1943 and 2 March 1946, inclusive
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars

    Marshall Islands operation
       Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls

    29 Jan-8 Feb 1944
    Western New Guinea operations

    22 April-5 May 1944
    Marianas operation
       Capture and occupation of Saipan

    22 June-1 July 1944
    Leyte operation
       Leyte landings
       Battle of Samar

    10 Oct-29 Nov 1944
    25 Oct 1944
    Luzon operation
       Lingayen Gulf landing

    4 Jan-18 Jan 1945
    Iwo Jima operation
       Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima

    16 Feb-8 Mar 1945
    Okinawa-Gunto operation
       Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto

    25 Mar-2 June 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 2 Bronze Stars

    • Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte and adjoining islands
    • Participation in any engagement against the enemy during the Philippine Liberation Campaign
    • Service in Philippine waters for not less than 30 days, during the period of 17 October 1944 to 2 September 1945.

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