Acuna, Miguel Lara, GMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1951-1958, GM-0000, USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
Service Years
1940 - 1961
GM-Gunner's Mate
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by PO1 Carlos Benavides (chale biggs) to remember Acuna, Miguel Lara, GMC USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Corpus Christi, TX
Last Address
Un ranchito in South Texas

Date of Passing
Aug 19, 2007
Location of Interment
Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum - Corpus Christi, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Order of the Shellback

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Mike was a great American.  A proud Pearl Harbor Survivor.  A father of six  and  a nice neigbor;  A retired CPO and a retired Civil Servant at CCAD(Corpus Christi Army Depot).  Mike is buried close to my dad also a WWII veteran.  I miss them both.  The world is a better place because of their service and family.

Carlos B Benavides 
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Aboard USS Vestal at Pearl Harbor, he served on the USS Vestal until 1943 He was then transferred to the USS Titanina for the rest of the war. He took pare in the landings in North Africam Bougaineville, Leyte Gulf, Guam, Borneo and many other s in the Pacific. 

Korean War 
He was aboard the the USS Los Angels when it was hit by shore batteries from the Norht Korea. 

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Vestal (AR-4)US NavyUSS Astoria (CL-90)USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
  1941-1942, S1c-0000, USS Vestal (AR-4)
  1942-1946, GM-0000, USS Titania (AKA-13)
  1946-1949, GM-0000, USS Astoria (CL-90)
  1951-1958, GM-0000, USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Borneo Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1955-1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis (China)
  1958-1958 Second Taiwan Strait Crisis (Formosa Crisis)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 03, 1940, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 360-27-95 Rank of A.S.
  Jan 31, 1941, Received on USS Vestal Rank of A.S. (E-1)
  Apr 03, 1941, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (E-2)
  Sep 01, 1941, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class (E-3)
  Dec 07, 1941, Vestal On the day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor1
  Mar 07, 1942, Received on USS President Hayes
  Mar 16, 1942, Transferred to Naval Receiving Station New York, USS ex- Harry Culbreath
  May 27, 1942, Received on USS Titania
  Nov 07, 1942, North Africa 1942
  Jan 01, 1943, Promoted to Gunner's Mate 3rd Class or GM3c (E-4)
  Jan 18, 1943, USS Titania Arrives New Caledonia
  Feb 01, 1943, Titanian Reclassified as AKA-13
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to Gunner's Mate 2nd Class or GM2c (E-5)
  May 12, 1944, Voluntarily extended enlistment for 2 full years
  Nov 15, 1944, Promoted to Gunner's Mate 1st Class or GM1c (E-6) Temp to fill vacancy
  Aug 12, 1946, Received on USS Astoria CL-90
  Oct 27, 1947, Depart on Leave from Astoria for 20 Day
  Nov 17, 1947, Returned from Leave
  Jan 12, 1948, TAD to USS Moale DD-693 for Training on 5"/38 Gun Mount as Mountain Capt.
  Jan 16, 1948, Returned from TAD on USS Moale
  Mar 25, 1948, Re-Enlisted on for 2 years to March 24, 1950
  Mar 27, 1948, Departed on Leave from Astoria for 70 Days
  Jun 02, 1948, Transferred for TAD to Receiving Ship Washington DC
  Dec 04, 1948, Returned from TAD from Via Receiving Station San Francisco, CA
  Dec 09, 2017, General Photos
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