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My very best researched item in my collection!

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Here is one of my best item what I got and would like to share you guys as well. Navy GCM is nothing rare but I am more then happy to have all the extra information behind this award and how/where it was earned!

Petty Officer 2nd Class Louis John Albert

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Louis John Albert was son of Giovanni Oberti (John Louis Albert) and Maria Asuncion Antonia Sanchez Sanchez. He was born in Santa Clara, California 4 Feb 1925. He grew up in San Francisco with his older brother George John Albert (Joseph Oberti) and older sister Rose Albert (Oberti). His father Giovanni illegally changed the family name in the 1920s.

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Louis (Louie) Albert joined the U. S. Navy about 10 Jan 1943 and was sent to Station Farragut, Idaho for basic training, which lasted until 19 May 1943. He was then sent to Camp Shoemaker and then to Honolulu, Hawaii. He was next sent to Australia. Louie served as a member of the relief crew of the submarine S-28 (USS S-28 (SS-133) failed to surface during training exercises with the USCGC Reliance (WPC-150) off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 4 July 1944). The S-28 is credited with sinking one ship for a total tonnage of 1,368 Tons.

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S-28 (USS S-28 (SS-133)

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Louie was also a member of the relief crew on the R rated boat USS Scamp. During the Philippine Campaign the Scamp sunk 2 merchant ships, 4 large sandpans, 3 small sandpans (with U.S.S. Scamp is credited with sinking 5 ships for a total tonnage of 34,108 tons.

Note: USS Scamp (SS-277) was probably sunk by a Japanese patrol vessel off Tokyo Bay, Japan, 11 November 1944.

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U.S.S. Scamp

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Louie next served on the Submarine Tender USS Orion (commissioned 09/30/43 decom.

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Submarine Tender USS Orion

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09/03/93) with the 10th Sub Squadron. He also served with the 72nd Task Force on the Escort Carrier USS Bogue CVE 9 (commissioned 15 Jan 1942). Louie's next assignment was attendance at Amphibious Assault School, where he earned the Amphibious Assault patce.

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Escort Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue CVE 9, 72nd Task Force

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He was attached to the Attack Cargo Ship AKA USS Eurgale. The Eurgale landed the 11th Airborne in Japan, and was assigned to Yokota, Japan. Louie served in Japan between Sept 1945 and Jan 1947.

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LSM 38

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On 15 Jan 1947 Louie was assigned to LSM 381 in service at Sing Taw, China on the Yangze River. After Louie joined LSM 381 they started removing Marines from Sing Taw due to the Communist take-over of China. During this operation LSM 381 ran aground in the Yangze River and the crew and Marines were transferred the USS Lejeune AP-74 an Attack Transport Ship, and returned to Japan.

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LSM 381 Tsingtau, China

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He returned to the States on leave in June 1947. Louis John Albert was Honorable Discharged from the U.S. Navy on Mar 10 1949 in Washington, D.C.. He was a 2nd Class Machinist Mate. Louie traveled back to the San Francisco Bay Area and lived and worked in South San Francisco, Cal. He worked for Dupont and later as an Insurance Salesman. He married and moved to Ukiah and later Willets, and then Chico, California where he retired. He died in 2000 in Chico, CA.

Medals earned:

Navy Good Conduct (named and dated 1946) with one Gold Star

American Campaign Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Silver Star

World War II Victory Medal

WWII Medal of Occupation Naval with Asia Bar

China Service Medal (Extended)

Badges: Submarine Combat Patrol Badge with one star and Amphibious Assault Patch

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Great item Noor! I also enjoy getting named Good Conduct Medals and chasing down the leads on the awardee. Even though they are pretty common, they often lead to interesting stories. Well done

Travis

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Thanks for comment!

I find it very interesting, how much great history can be behind one simple award! And there is so many items around what history is lost forewerviolent.gif

All the research, photos and text credit and of course hugh thank you goes to forum member "army historian"beer.gif

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Thanks for comment!

I find it very interesting, how much great history can be behind one simple award! And there is so many items around what history is lost forewerviolent.gif

All the research, photos and text credit and of course hugh thank you goes to forum member "army historian"beer.gif

Noor, "Sing Taw" is what my uncle called "Tsingtao" or Tsingtau". You might want to correct that in the history. George

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