Berg, Richard John, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1941-1945, MO-0000, USS Mahogany (AN-23)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Berg, Richard John, MoMM1c.
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Home Town
Beverly, Massachusetts
Last Address
Rochester, New Hampshire
Buried at North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.

Date of Passing
Nov 27, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: In the Hilmar Berg plot.

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Dick was a son of Hilmar J.and Mabel H.(Wright)Berg. Born in Beverly, Mass., he graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1939, where he was on the Cross-country track team. He was the brother of the late Hilmar J. Berg,Jr., Hilda Perkins and Hazel Johnson. Dick was married to Anita(Gray)Berg of Beverly,for more than 67 years. They had one son, Richard,Jr.-"Young Dick." Dick enlisted in the U.S.Navy, serving aboard the Net-tender, USS Mahogany. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, in the Pacific. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Beverly, working at USMC and Reid Bros. and attending nights, at Northeastern University, from which he graduated. After retiring from Varian, he and his family settled in Rochester, NH. He was a skier and golfer, a bridge player, a reader and lover and teacher of history, especially of the USS Constitution, and the War of 1812. He was also a long-time member of the Wenham Shindiggers Square Dance Club. He was a wood carver. He had a love of ships of all kinds, and spent many happy hours racing his sailboats on Great East Lake, in NH.He was a long-time weekly volunteer at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, and was it's first librarian. After his retirement, he was a weekly volunteer at the Wright Museum in Wolfboro,NH. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, and was an active member of the Morgensolen Lodge, Sons of Norway, publishing, with the help of his wife, their news letter.
Dick died Sunday, November 27, 2011, in Rochester, NH. He is survived by son Richard J, Berg,Jr. and his wife, Marlene, and their children, Jeffrey M. Berg and his wife, Amanda, and Maria E. Berg; also many nieces and nephews. Burial(ashes) was in No.Beverly Cemetery,December 13, 2011.

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The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
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