Speight, Donald, GMC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0876-5in/54 Mk 42 Mods 9&10 Gun Mount Maintenance Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1958-1959, GM-0876, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet (COMLANTRESFLT)
Service Years
1940 - 1960
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Square Rigger
Plank Owner
GM-Gunner's Mate
Four Hash Marks

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Jamaica, Queens
Last Address
Goose Creek, South Carolina

Date of Passing
May 02, 2000
 
Location of Interment
Carolina Memorial Park - North Charleston, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)






New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Morotai, part of the Pacific War, began on 15 September 1944, and continued until the end of the war in August 1945. The fighting started when United States and Australian forces landed on the southwest corner of Morotai, a small island in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), which the Allies needed as a base to support the liberation of the Philippines later that year. The invading forces greatly outnumbered the island's Japanese defenders and secured their objectives in two weeks. Japanese reinforcements landed on the island between September and November, but lacked the supplies needed to effectively attack the Allied defensive perimeter. Intermittent fighting continued until the end of the war, with the Japanese troops suffering heavy loss of life from disease and starvation.

Morotai's development into an Allied base began shortly after the landing, and two major airfields were ready for use in October. These and other base facilities played an important role in the liberation of the Philippines during 1944 and 1945. Torpedo boats and aircraft based at Morotai also harassed Japanese positions in the NEI. The island's base facilities were further expanded in 1945 to support the Australian-led Borneo Campaign, and Morotai remained an important logistical hub and command center until the Dutch reestablished their colonial rule in the NEI.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Jun 24, 2007
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  41 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Wettstein, Harold, S1c, (1944-1946)
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