WELCH, Clifford, S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SN-0000-Seaman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 00-0000, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Iwo Jima
Panama Canal
SN-Seaman
One Hash Mark
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1925
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember WELCH, Clifford (Cliff), S1c.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Duncan, OK
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 28, 2013
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

WWII American Campaign Banner

WWII Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Battle Streamers

CLIFFORD ALLEN WELCH

Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy
1943 - 1946
U.S.S. New Orleans


I was 17 when I volunteered for duty in the Navy back in February 1943, at the height of the Second World War. I served until 1946 on the heavy cruiser U.S.S. New Orleans CA-32. The New Orleans received 17 battle stars for World War II service, placing her among the highest decorated ships of the second world war. I participated in the majority of those battles.

Navy Tradition, Shellback Initiation
I crossed the equator for the first time, on the USS New Orleans, on 25 August 1944 - in the Pacific Ocean.
   
Other Comments:
At the close of the war

The USS New Orleans sailed on 28 August 1945 with a cruiser-destroyer force to ports of China and Korea. She covered the internment of Japanese ships at Tsingtao, the evacuation of liberated Allied prisoners-of-war, and the landing of troops in Korea and China, until sailing 17 November from the mouth of the Peking River (Hai He), carrying veterans homeward bound. More returning troops came aboard at the Sasebo U.S. Fleet Activities base, and all were disembarked at San Francisco 8 December. After similar duty took her to Guam in January 1946, she sailed through the Panama Canal for a 10-day visit to her namesake city, then steamed to Philadelphia Navy Yard, arriving on 12 March.
   
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1946, 00-0000, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Reckless
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  USS New Orleans CA-32 (1943-1945)
  Jun 17, 2012, General Photos
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