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WWII Patch, USN, CV-17 USS Bunker Hill

WWII Patch, USN, CV-17  USS Bunker Hill

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN CV-17 USS Bunker Hill
USN & USMC Squadrons

Walt Disney Design - Donald Duck
5.25 inches

Squadron # "Nickname" Start End A/C Carrier/Base Top Ace (kills w/ sqn) CO (kills w/ sqn) Kills #
Mar-44 Oct-44 F6F Bunker Hill CV-17 Cdr. William Collins (9) 156   13
VF-18 Oct-43 Mar-44 F6F Bunker Hill CV-17 Lt. Cdr. Sam Silber (6) 74   1
VF-84 "Wolf Gang" Jan-45 Jun-45 F4U Bunker Hill CV-17 Doris Freeman (7) Roger R. Hedrick 137   4

Citation For Award of The Navy Cross
Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Marine Fighting Squadron 451 (VMF-451), U.S.S. Bunker Hill
Date of Action:  April 12, 1945
Citation:  The Navy Cross is presented to Archie Glenn Donahue, Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Pilot and Division Leader in Marine Fighting Squadron FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE (VMF-451), attached to the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, in action against enemy Japanese forces during a combat air patrol over Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 12 April 1945. When the flight leader was forced to leave the formation, Major Donahue took over the lead of two other fighter divisions in addition to his own and led the attack against a numerically superior force of hostile aircraft attacking units of our shipping, personally downing five of the sixteen enemy planes destroyed during the action. By his superb airmanship and gallant fighting spirit, Major Donahue contributed materially to the elimination of a dangerous threat to our shipping without loss to our own planes, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, 1stCTFPac:  Serial 0982 (SofN Signed September 18, 1947)
Born:  10/24/1917 at Casper, Wyoming
Home Town:  Texas City, Texas

USS Bunker Hill (CV/CVA/CVS-17, AVT-9) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship, the second US Navy ship to bear the name, was named for the Battle of Bunker Hill. Bunker Hill was commissioned in May 1943, and served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning eleven battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. Bunker Hill was sometimes known as the "Holiday Express" for her many attacks launched around the end of the year[citation needed]. She was badly damaged in May 1945 by Japanese kamikaze  attacks, with the loss of hundreds of her crew, becoming one of the most heavily damaged carriers to survive the war.
After the attack she returned to the U.S. mainland for repairs and was decommissioned in 1947. While in reserve she was reclassified as an attack carrier (CVA), then an antisubmarine carrier (CVS), and finally an aircraft transport (AVT), but was never modernized and never saw active service again. Bunker Hill and Franklin were the only Essex-class ships never recommissioned after World War II. Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1966, she served as an electronics test platform for many years in San Diego bay, and was sold for scrap in 1973. An effort to save her as a museum ship in 1972 was unsuccessful.

Service history,  World War II
1943-44, Reporting to the Pacific in the fall of 1943, Bunker Hill participated in carrier operations during: the Rabaul strike (11 November 1943); Gilbert Islands operation, including support of the landings on Tarawa Atoll (13 November–8 December); the Kavieng strikes in support of the Bismarck Archipelago operation (25 December 1943, 1 January and 4 January 1944); Marshall Islands operation (29 January–8 February); strikes against Truk (17–18 February), during which eight Japanese combatant vessels were sunk; Mariana Islands raid (23 February); Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Woleai raids (30 March–1 April); Truk-Satawan-Ponape raids (29 April–1 May); Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) operation (21–28 April); and Marianas operation (12 June–10 August), including the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
On 19 June 1944, during the opening phases of the Marianas battle, Bunker Hill was damaged when an enemy near-miss scattered shrapnel fragments across the ship. Two men were killed and over 80 were wounded. Bunker Hill continued to fight, with her aircraft shooting down some of the 476 Japanese aircraft destroyed during the battle, and assisting in the sinking of a Japanese carrier. During September, she participated in the Western Caroline Islands operation and then launched strikes at Okinawa, Luzon, and Formosa until November.
On 6 November, Bunker Hill retired from the forward area and steamed to Bremerton, Washington, for a period of yard availability.[clarification needed] Repairs completed, she departed the west coast of the United States on 24 January 1945 and returned to the war front.
During the remaining months of World War II, Bunker Hill participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima: the 5th Fleet raids against Honshū  and the Nansei Shoto (15 February–4 March); and the 5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of the Battle of Okinawa. On 7 April 1945, Bunker Hill's planes took part in a Fast Carrier Task Force attack on a Japanese naval force in the East China Sea. Yamato, one cruiser, and four destroyers were sunk during Operation Ten-Go.
On the morning of 11 May 1945, while supporting the Okinawa invasion, BunkerHill was hit and severely damaged by two kamikazes. An A6M Zero appeared from a low cloud, dived toward the flight deck and dropped a 551 lb (250 kg) bomb, which went through the vessel and exploded in the sea. The Zero then crashed onto the flight deck, destroying parked planes full of fuel, causing a huge fire. The remains of the Zero went over the deck and dropped into the sea. Then, a scant 30 seconds later, a second Zero, piloted by Ensign Kiyoshi Ogawa, plunged into a suicide dive. The Zero went through the AA fire, dropped a 551 lb (250 kg) bomb, and crashed into the flight deck near the control tower, as kamikazes were trained to aim for the island superstructure (as was the case with Sangamon). The bomb penetrated Bunker Hill's flight deck and exploded. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place. The ship suffered the loss of 346 men killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. Although badly crippled, Bunker Hill managed to return to Bremerton via Pearl Harbor.

Bunker Hill received the Presidential Unit Citation for the period 11 November 1943 to 11 May 1945. In addition, she received 11 battle stars for her World War II service.

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From wikipedia:

Donald Fauntleroy Duck  is an American cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. Donald is a white anthropomorphic  duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes swimming). Donald's most famous personality trait is his easily provoked and explosive temper. Donald Duck has been officially honored as the third most popular cartoon character of all time with Bugs Bunny of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies  at number two and fellow Disney creation Mickey Mouse who is number one.

According to the Disney canon, particularly in the 1942 short Donald Gets Drafted Donald's birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film, The Wise Little Hen, was released. However, in The Three Caballeros (1944), his birthday is given as simply "Friday the 13th", which is in reference to the bad luck he experiences in almost all his cartoon appearances. Donald's Happy Birthday (short) gives his birthday as March 13. The 1942 short "Donald Gets Drafted", as well as the Quack Pack episode "All Hands on Duck", also reveals his full name to be Donald Fauntleroy Duck.[3] Donald Duck is a well-known and very popular character especially in Scandinavian countries.

Wartime Donald

Several of Donald's shorts during the war were propaganda films, most notably Der Fuehrer's Face, released on January 1, 1943. In it, Donald plays a worker in an artillery factory in "Nutzi Land" (Nazi Germany). He struggles with long working hours, very small food rations, and having to salute  every time he sees a picture of the Führer (Adolf Hitler). These pictures appear in many places, such as on the assembly line in which he is screwing in the detonators of various sizes of shells. In the end he becomes little more than a small part in a faceless machine with no choice but to obey until he falls, suffering a nervous breakdown. Then Donald wakes up to find that his experience was in fact a nightmare. At the end of the short Donald looks to the Statue of Liberty  and the American flag with renewed appreciation. Der Fuehrer's Face won the 1942 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Der Fuehrer's Face also the first of two animated short film which setting during the War to won the Oscar, the other was Tom & Jerry's short film, The Yankee Doodle Mouse. Other notable shorts from this period include the Army shorts, seven films that follow Donald's life in the US Army from his drafting to his life in basic training under sergeant Pete  to his first actual mission as a commando having to sabotage a Japanese  air base. Titles in the series include:

  • Donald Gets Drafted – (May 1, 1942).
  • The Vanishing Private – (September 25, 1942).
  • Sky Trooper – (November 8, 1942).
  • Fall Out Fall In – (April 23, 1943).
  • The Old Army Game – (November 5, 1943).
  • Home Defense – (November 26, 1943).
  • Commando Duck – (June 2, 1944).
Donald Gets Drafted also featured Donald having a physical examination before joining the army. According to it Donald has flat feet and is unable to distinguish between the colors green and blue, which is a type of color blindness. Also in this cartoon sergeant Pete comments on Donald's lack of discipline.

It is also noteworthy that thanks to these films, Donald graced the nose artwork of virtually every type of WWII Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress.

Donald also appears as a mascot—such as in the Army Air Corps 309th Fighter Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which showed Donald as a fierce-looking pirate ready to defend the American coast from invaders. Donald also appeared as a mascot emblem for: 415th Fighter Squadron; 438th Fighter Squadron; 479th Bombardment Squadron; 531st Bombardment Squadron.

During World War II, Disney cartoons were not allowed to be imported into Occupied Europe. Since this cost Disney a lot of money, he decided to create a new audience for his films in South America. He decided to make a trip through various Latin American countries with his assistants, and use their experiences and impressions to create two feature length animation films. The first was Saludos Amigos, which consisted of four short segments, two of them with Donald Duck. In the first, he meets his parrot pal Jose Carioca. The second film was The Three Caballeros, in which he meets his rooster friend Panchito.

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Product Code: PatchUSN.017.CV17.ussBunkerHill
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