THIS WEEK IN WORLD WAR II

Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher Honors The USS Hornet (CV-12)

Hornet's flight deck and island taken while at anchor in Eniwetok Atoll, August 26, 1944. This was a ceremony in which Admiral Mitscher, Commander of TF-58, honored the ship, crew, and Air Group 2 for their part in the conquest of the Marianas Islands. The ship anchored off Hornet's starboard side is USS Essex (CV-9). The light carrier is believed to be USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). National Archives photo.

Hornet’s flight deck and island taken while at anchor in Eniwetok Atoll, August 26, 1944. This was a ceremony in which Admiral Mitscher, Commander of TF-58, honored the ship, crew, and Air Group 2 for their part in the conquest of the Marianas Islands. The ship anchored off Hornet’s starboard side is USS Essex (CV-9). The light carrier is believed to be USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). National Archives photo.

This was August 26, 1944.  Must have been quite a visit.  The men deserved to be honored by Admiral Mitscher as they played a huge role in the success in the Marianas Islands.

Admiral Marc Mitscher

Admiral Marc Mitscher

Quite a success:  Great Marianas Turkey Shoot (Battle of the Philippine Sea), Battle of Saipan, Battle of Guam and many other bombardments.  Looking at this picture, of course I would be unable to identify any one person, but I know my father, Seaman First Class, John Thomas Ryan is standing there a hero.

 

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2 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    This is something to be so proud of concerning your dad. This ship(and others) went through quite a bit from what I read on your blog.

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