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  1. bob_stl

    bob_stl New Member

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    First, a big thank you to the Greatest Generation!

    I was wondering which sub-forum would be the best to try to decipher some information on my grandfather's Notice of Separation from the U.S. Naval Service? He served in the Pacific as a Coxwain for a landing craft from March 1944 to Feb 1946. The information I'm trying to understand is under "Vessels and Stations Served On."

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Scan the document or take a good photograph of it, at least the part you're asking about, and we'll take a shot. If the thread needs to be moved we have janitor, I mean "staff" for that.
     
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    The experts will be along shortly so here's a feeble attempt on my part (which you may have already figured out):
    First line: NRS = Naval Recruiting Station St Louis probably where he was inducted
    2nd line Naval Training Center Great Lakes Illinois See:
    Naval Station Great Lakes - Wikipedia
    https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_great_lakes.html

    Third line: COMSERV7th Fleet RB EDUR looks like it was located at Milne Bay at least according to the picture caption with that label here:
    Elmer John Schlueter - USNR - Military Page - Ancestry.com
    Not sure what the RB EDUR mean RB could be Rear Base but that's a guess. Here's the wiki page for Milne Bay:
    Milne Bay - Wikipedia
    But of course hyperwar is a better reference as Opana will agree, I'm sure. :)
    HyperWar: Building the Navy's Bases in World War II [Chapter 26]

    The final line is likely the base were he was separated from the navy however looking at this page:
    U.S. Navy World War II Number Coded Geographical Locations
    936 is Morotai, Netherlands East Indies
    And this page translates NAV SEC Base as Naval Section Base:
    US NAVAL SECTION BASE, NAVY 936 | Navy Units | VetFriends.com
    So probably not where he was separated.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Great Lakes is commonly referred to as "Great Mistakes" by the people who go to boot camp there.
     
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    I understand there's some interesting dives on WWII planes off shore a bit as well or have they recovered them all or at least the known ones.

    Oh almost forgot: Welcome aboard. This is one of the best sites on the web for questions like you just asked. Any stories you have from service members are very welcome by the way.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    USS Wolverine and USS Sable, two converted sidewheelers were used for touch-and-go training, and sometimes that converted to "touch-and-dunk".
     
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    Thanks guys. That was a lot of the same information that I was digging up. For some of these, there only seems to be one or two references which is kind of surprising. I came across that link that suggested he was in the Netherlands, but I don't ever remember hearing anything about that. I will have to look into the Hyperwar site more. It looks like a lot of great historical information. All I know for sure is that my dad said that he dropped off and picked up marines and prisoners in an LCM. I don't think that my grandpa really talked about it much. He passed away in 1991.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm glad you like Hyperwar.
     
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    The number of conspiracy theories that have floundered on the reefs of facts there are truly impressive. Anyone interested in WWII should spend at least some time there poking around.
     
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    Netherland East Indies is usually referred to as the Dutch East Indies i.e. Indonesia and West New Guinea. See:
    Dutch East Indies - Wikipedia
    Dutch East Indies campaign - Wikipedia
    East Indies
    Dutch East Indies in World War II
    Good chance that was post war repatriation duty.
    There is a wealth of information there including many primary documents. And in case you haven't realized it Opana is now the driving force behind it as well as being a major player in its' construction. He can recite more of the history of the site. Indeed that would make a worthwhile thread in and of itself.
     
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    Ah! Okay, I'm a dufus. I just didn't really read it through. I saw the cities for France and Belgium above and below and assumed that the nearby numbers would be located directly in Europe.

    Excellent! I'll definitely be digging around in there.
     
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    That's the sort of thing I'm infamous for ... :)
     
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    Not too familiar with Naval Separation documents, but his awards show that he spent time in the US, the Philippines, and the Pacific.
    upload_2017-10-4_20-49-14.jpeg or this (I'm not sure) upload_2017-10-4_20-50-28.jpeg American Defense Ribbon

    upload_2017-10-4_20-48-44.jpeg Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon (he had one bronze campaign star)

    upload_2017-10-4_20-47-44.jpeg Philippine Liberation Ribbon

    These are the possible campaigns he was involved in:
    Pacific Ocean Areas (command) - Chester W. Nimitz
    South West Pacific Areas (command) - Douglas MacArthur
     

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    Welcome to the forums!
     
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    RAAF markings, can't tell the aircraft though.
     
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    Almost certainly a P40 kitty hawk
     
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    I think you are correct, CAC! Thanks!
     

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