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All photos courtesy of Ray (Basil) Phipps.

Five Subs Given Unit Citation at M.I. Ceremonies

[begin caption] ADMIRAL R. S. EDWARDS, COMMANDER Western Sea Frontier, presents the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon to officers and men of the Submarine Bluegill during recent ceremonies aboard the U. S. S. Tunny at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The submarine was commended for sinking a light cruiser, a destroyer escort, two large freighters and other vessels for a total of 45,000 tons. Lt. D. D. Duncan, USN, Vallejo, Calif., receives the award as Orland C. Hare, Chief Electrician's Mate, USN, Middletown, Conn., J. E. Richards, Boatswain’s Mate Second Class, USN, Corpus Christi, Texas, and other members of the Bluegill's crew look on. At right of Admiral Edwards are Comdr. P. G. Selby, USN, and Comdr. Sinclair B. Wright, USN. (Official U.S. Navy photograph.) [end caption]

    Five submarines today received one Presidential Unit Citation and four Navy Unit Commendations for extraordinary heroism in action on war patrol, at ceremonies at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Admiral R. S. Edwards, USN, commander, Western Frontier, awarded . . . the Navy Unit Commendation to the USS Bluegill . . .
    The following officers accepted the four Navy Unit Commendations: . . . Bluegill, Lt. Comdr. G. C. Hinman, USN, Oakland, Calif.


    Rear Admiral D. B. Beary, USN, commandant, Twelfth Naval District, accompanied Admiral Edwards to the ceremonies. They were received at Mare Island by Rear Admiral M. S. Tisdale, USN, commandant, San Francisco Naval Base; Rear Admiral G. C. Klein, USN, commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and Captain Howell C. Fish, USN, commander, Mare Island group, Nineteenth Fleet. . .
    The Navy Unit Commendation, entitling officers and men of the ship to wear the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon, was awarded to the . . . Bluegill, commanded by Comdr. E. L. Barr, USN, Corning, N. Y., . . . for her first war patrol.

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    [Newspaper article contributed by Carol Hare Mier.]

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