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Dear Mr. Horrell,

I read in a previous post about the USMS Elihu Thompson that the crew received citations for their actions when the ship was struck by mines on 26 September, 1944.  Do you know what type of citation(s) the crew of the USMS Elihu Thompson received?  My father held the rank of ensign and was the Purser and Pharmacist Mate aboard the Elihu Thompson when it was heavily damaged during this incident.  My father's reconstructed DD214 provides no information about a citation.  It indicates that he received the Merchant Marine Emblem, an Honorable Discharge Button, a Presidential Testimonial Letter, and the Victory Medal.  Besides what is listed on his DD214, I have his original Merchant Marine Pacific War Zone Ribbon and Combat Bar with Star.  Thanks so much for whatever assistance you can provide me.

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Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "I read in a previous post about the USMS Elihu Thompson that the crew received citations for their actions when the ship was struck by mines on 26 September, 1944."  In the "previous post" dates February 1, 2012, I could find no mention of "mines".  
       In your question you typed "Do you know what typed of citation(s) the crew of the USMS Elihu Thompson received?"  No, I do not.  May I suggest that you obtain your father's Personnel File.  It is located at:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
 St. Louis   MO   63138

The infamous July 1973 fire did NOT impact Personnel Files for members of the US Navy, so you have a plethora of FACTS waiting for your historic research for FACTS.
       If you wish to continue to research for FACTS about the SS Elihu Thompson, I suggest you contact:

Dept. of the Navy
Naval Historical Center
 805 Kidder Breese S.E.
  Washington Navy Yard
   Washington, D.C.
      20374-5060

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The National Museum of the Pacific War
(Admiral Nimitz Museum)
 340 East Main Street
  Fredericksburg   TX   78624

       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
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Can answer: World War Two. Specifically, the troop transport ships that took US Military Personnel overseas & returned them to the US, 1941-47. Also, unit history of US Army QM, Signal, MP, Ordnance, Medical, Transportation & Engineer units that served during WW 2. The more obscure units are my specialty. If you have the APO that a Veteran sent letters from or received letters at, I can look up the history of that APO.

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A lifelong study of WW 2, including participation as a WW 2 Re-enactor, 1980-2002. Also, interviewing over 400 WW 2 Veterans about their role in WW 2.

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AASLH, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

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Over 800 Profiles that I have written for client's about their loved one's role in WW 2.

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BA, History & Political Science (19th & 20th Century European History) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.

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Assisting the National Archives on numerous occasions during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of WW 2, 1991-95.

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Respectfully, I do not disclose the names of the clients I deal with. I have a confidentially agreement with them.

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