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UNITES STATES FLEET
HEADQUARTERS OF THE COMMANDER TWELFTH FLEET
FLEET POST OFFICE
11 March 1946From: Commander TWELFTH Fleet
1. Your performance of duty as Commanding Officer of the USS LST-355 during the invasion of Normandy, France, 6 June 1944, and during the subsequent build-up period, is deemed worthy of special commendation.
2. As Commanding Officer of the USS LST-355, you handled your ship skillfully in overcoming the hazards of weather and enemy activity during the initial assault on the beaches of Normandy and during the long and arduous task of the build-up which followed the assault phase. Through February 1945 your ship completed forty round trips across the English Channel, landing personnel and material to support the Allied armies. On two occasions your ship was held for long periods on the far shore to act as a towing vessel, and because of your fine seamanship, these operations were eminently satisfactory, despite adverse winter weather in the Channel.
3. I commend you for your splendid devotion to duty and outstanding professional ability in the performance of your duties, which reflect credit upon yourself and the United States Naval service.
4. You are hereby accorded the privilege of wearing the commendation ribbon pursuant to the authority delegated by ALNAV 179-44.
5. A copy of this letter will be forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel to be filed in your official record.
H. K. HEWITT
Admiral, U. S. Navy
Submitted by Al Cadaret
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