Archive for Pacific Campaign

Japanese Surrender Documents

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis booklet, dating from 1946, is a facsimile of the surrender documents signed on the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd September 1945. These were produced by the National Archives in the US for distribution to institutions and individuals in education. I have the German ones here.


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A Group to a New Zealand Pacific Casualty

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a wonderful New Zealand 3rd Division group to a courageous young man, sadly KIA endeavouring to save others under terrible conditions. 2nd Lieutenant Colin David Griffiths was a 24 year old ex-shop assistant from Timaru, New Zealand who was killed in action at Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands on the 2nd of October 1943.

He lost his life during a third attempt at rescuing a cut-off patrol from the Japanese. Swimming a line ashore to the party, consisting of a number of wounded, sharks had to be held off by tommy-gun fire. Griffiths was killed in the water, along with almost everyone else in the rescue party, by heavy Japanese small arms fire. To be clear here, this was Griffiths third attempt and the second that day to reach the beach.

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Colin David Griffiths

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Colin’s grave marker at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia

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An Aussie Group to a Signaller

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustraliaThis small Australian group is impressed to NX150610 W.A.White. William Albert White was 36 when he enlisted on the 5th of January 1943. He served as a Signalman with 2nd Australian Line Maintenance Section. These units maintained the communications networks within Australia as well as in the disputed regions under Australian control such as New Guinea. The group consists of the Pacific Star, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the Australian War Service Medal. William was discharged on the 22nd of November 1945.

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BARRINE, QLD. 1943-10-30. DETACHMENT OF THE 2/2ND AUSTRALIAN LINE SECTION AND THE 2/1ST AUSTRALIAN MAINTENANCE SECTION, "A" AUSTRALIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS HAVE A SPELL WHILE RECONDITIONING FIELD CABLE ON DRUMS. THEY ARE:- TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).

Barrine, Queensland. 1943-10-30. A detachment of the 2/2nd Australian Line Section and 2/1st Australian Maintenance Section, “A” Australian Corps of Signals have a spell while reconditioning field cable on drums. They are: TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).

The Pacific Star

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on May 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Pacific Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II. It was also awarded to certain foreign servicemen, such as Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz of the United States. And also, by the way, George Johnson, my Grandfather.

I have two of these medals.

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