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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Commander
Service Years
1940 - 1946
Home State
Colorado
Commander Commander


Location
Colorado
Sep 20, 2009
Service to 1946
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Rank
Commander
Comments
Comments Pending
Commander Commander
1945 - 1946
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
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1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1945
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Description
Description Pending
1945
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is a unit decoration of the Republic of the Philippines. It has been awarded to certain units of the United States military for actions both during and subseq... More
Description
Description Pending
1945
Philippine Liberation Medal
Criteria
The Philippine Liberation Medal was awarded for service in the liberation of the Philippines from October 17, 1944, to September 2, 1945. In order to qualify, one of the following provisions must be m... More
Description
Description Pending
1945
Iwo Jima Operation
Description
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japane... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1945 - 1945
Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
Description
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced by Imperial Japan on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1945 - 1945
Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
Description
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced by Imperial Japan on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1945 - 1945
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1944 - 1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
More
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1944
Philippine Defense Medal
Criteria
The Philippine Defense Medal was awarded for service in the defense of the Philippines from December 8, 1941 to June 15, 1942, under either of the following conditions: Participation in any engagement... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1944
Formosa Air Battle
Description
The Formosa Air Battle took place between October 10 and 20, 1944, off the eastern coasts of the Ryukyu Islands, Formosa, and Luzon. It was fought by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and the app... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Philippine Sea
Description
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place ... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1944 - 1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
More
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1943
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Rank
Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1942 - 1943
Precommisioning Training
Precommisioning Training
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1941 - 1942
Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign
Criteria
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, ... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1942
Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign
Criteria
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, ... More
Description
Awards

South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service.
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
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1942
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
Description
The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Santa Cruz or in Japanese sources as the Battle of the South Pacific, was the fourth carrier battle of the... More
Memories
oster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at... More
1942 - 1942
Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
Description
The Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo was a land battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, between the forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied (mainly United States (U.S.) Marine) gr... More
Memories
oster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at... More
1942 - 1942
USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Rank
Ensign
Comments
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Ensign Ensign
1940 - 1941
Combat Action Ribbon
Criteria
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain (or colonel in th... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
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1941
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or,... More
Description
Description Pending
1941
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
More
1941
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Description
The attack on Pearl Harbor, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, the Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters,  and Operation Z during planning, was a surpri... More
Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1941 - 1941
World War II
Description
Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during th
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Memories
Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack a... More
1941 - 1941
American Defense Service Medal
Devices : Bronze Letter A
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Description
Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Oklahoma.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl... 
More
1940
Service from 1940

 
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