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WWII Patch, USN, VP-117 VPB-117

WWII Patch, USN, VP-117 VPB-117

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-117
USN VPB-117
Navy Patrol Squadron 117

Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 117
4.25 x 5.75 inches


NAS North Island, San Diego, California
Name: Blue Raiders / Exterminators
VB-117 Established: 01 FEB 1944
VPB-117 Redesignated: 01 OCT 1944
VPB-117 Disestablished: 15 NOV 1945

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Citations For Award of The Navy Cross

Bradford Maitland Brooks - Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Bradford Maitland Brooks (NSN: 0-83929), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane of Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117). Lieutenant Commander Brooks, on 10 December 1944, as Patrol Plane Commander of a Navy Search Liberator, with fearless determination pressed home the war against the enemies of the United States, causing the destruction of three enemy aircraft in aerial combat. Because he had flown his lone plane on many long, grueling missions deep into enemy territory, often under the most hazardous conditions and in the face of enemy fire, his deep devotion to duty was inspiring. Having destroyed two enemy fighters, though severely wounded he continued to fight until his plane was so badly crippled that it would no longer remain in the air. Then, with his instrument panel shattered, three engines shot out, and the right rudder control useless, he landed without flaps with such superb skill that the lives of the majority of his crew were saved. His actions on this occasion showed the highest degree of professional skill, heroic courage under fire and determined devotion to duty, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.
      General Orders: Commander VPB-117: Serial 0184 (February 9, 1945)
      Action Date: 10-Dec-44
      Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117)
      Date of death: December 10, 1944      Status: MIA
      Home of record: Pacific Beach, California

Arthur Grant Elder

      Distinguished Flying Cross - Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Arthur Grant Elder, United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Patrol Bomber Plane in Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Seventeen during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Borneo and French Indo-China Areas on 3 and 9 April 1945. Pressing home daring bombing and strafing attacks against Japanese shipping and installations on these dates, Lieutenant Elder dauntlessly flew his aircraft through intense hostile anti-aircraft fire and succeeded in sinking a large cargo vessel, destroyed an oil well and, in addition, damaged a locomotive and several river boats, thereby inflicting extensive losses on the enemy. By his skilled airmanship and courageous devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire, Lieutenant Elder upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.         Action Date: April 3 - 9, 1945
      Navy Cross - Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Arthur Grant Elder (NSN: 0-156687), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Executive Officer and Commander of a Navy Search Liberator attached to Patrol Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Saigon Harbor, French Indo-China, on 25 March 1945. Lieutenant Elder made gallant and courageous attacks on armed enemy merchant vessels and inflicting damaging blows on two destroyer escorts and twenty other merchant vessels. Repeatedly making low-level strafing attacks, he maneuvered his plane with skillful airmanship in the face of anti-aircraft of all types, displaying unusual courage and ability in his attacks and dealing the enemy a crippling blow. In addition, he pressed home a determined attack on a hostile aircraft and shot it down in flames. By his aggressive fighting spirit, perseverance and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Elder contributed immeasurably to the success of the war in the Pacific and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
      General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 1617 (November 5, 1945)        Action Date: March 25, 1945
      Company: Patrol Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117)

Harold M. McGaughey
- Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Harold M. McGaughey, United States Naval Reserve, was awarded the Navy Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Executive Officer and Pilot of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117), in action on 29 January 1945. During a reconnaissance patrol between Leyte and Okinawa, Lieutenant Commander and his crew conducted a successful raid along the coast of the Japanese mainland, sinking five merchant ships and damaging five others. He then proceeded inland to strafe and destroy numerous shore installations and supply dumps in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
      Action Date: 29-Jan-45
      Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117)
      Date of death: Killed in Action         Status: KIA

William Morton Miller - Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant William Morton Miller, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the enemy air base on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 12 October 1944. Intercepted by enemy fighters while accompanying another bomber in a search for survivors of a downed squadron plane, Lieutenant Miller tenaciously continued toward his objective to complete his sweep under fierce fighter attack and, withdrawing, aided in the destruction of six of the eight opposing craft. His airmanship, courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave hazards reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Miller and the United States Naval Service.
      General Orders: Commander 3d Fleet: Serial 96 (February 7, 1945)
      Action Date: 12-Oct-44
      Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117)
      Date of birth: 19-Sep-17 
      Place of Birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

William Bruce Oliver - Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant] William Bruce Oliver, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN (VPB-117), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the enemy air base on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 12 October 1944. Intercepted by enemy fighters while accompanying another bomber in a search for survivors of a downed squadron plane, Lieutenant Commander Oliver tenaciously continued toward his objective to complete his sweep under fierce fighter attack and, withdrawing, aided in the destruction of six of the eight opposing craft. His airmanship, courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave hazards reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Oliver and the United States Naval Service.
      General Orders: Commander 3d Fleet: Serial 96 (February 7, 1945)
      Action Date: 12-Oct-44
      Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117)
      Date of birth: 27-Apr-15
      Place of Birth: Heights, West Virginia             Home of record: Fostoria, Ohio

Price: $165.00


Product Code: PatchUSN.117.VP117
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