PILLMORE, Donald, SM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Signalman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
SM-0000-Signalman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Signalman
Primary Unit
1944-1946, SM-0000, USS Reeves (APD-52)
Service Years
1944 - 1946
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Decommissioning
Panama Canal
SM-Signalman

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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Post 32
  1950, American Legion, Post 32 (Recorder) (Longmont, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page


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SM/3c Donald Edison Pillmore
 
Following graduation from high school Don worked at Kuner Empson canning plant, the pea harvest and at Gates Rubber Co. At the age of 17 Don enlisted in the United States Navy, his Dad had to sign. He did his Boot Camp and Service School – Signalman, training at Great Lakes Naval Station. He was assigned to a destroyer escort, although Don did not see any war zone action. He was honorably discharged on July 6, 1946.
   
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Don served on the USS Reeves (APD-52) from late 1944 until decommissioning 30 July 1946.

Redesignated APD-52 on 25 September 1944, Reeves emerged from the shipyard on 23 December and after amphibious training, headed for the Panama Canal and duty in the Pacific. Arriving at Ulithi on 26 February 1945, she continued on to the Philippines in early March to rehearse for Operation Iceberg, the invasion of the Ryukyus.On 26 March Reeves arrived off the Kerama Retto invasion area and, after initial duties as a standby ship for Underwater Demolition Team operations, shifted to anti-submarine and anti-aircraft screening duties. She served on that harrowing duty for 109 days interrupted only for a fast convoy to Ulithi and a brief availability in the Philippines. Detached 18 August, the APD delivered men, mail, and provisions to ships of the fleet, then sailed north to Japan. There, into October, she assisted in the repatriation of former POWs, including Maj.'Pappy' Boyington. Then supported the United States Strategic Bombing Survey mission assigned to the Nagasaki area. She was the first American Ship to drop anchor in Japanese (Tokyo) water before the surrender.

Reeves sailed for the United States on 26 November and, after stops in the Volcano, Marshall, and Hawaiian islands, arrived at San Diego on 23 December. Three days later she continued on, and, on 10 January 1946, she arrived at Boston to begin inactivation. Assigned to the Florida Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, she decommissioned on 30 July at Green Cove Springs, Florida where she remained until struck from the Navy List on 1 June 1960 and transferred to the Government of Ecuador for use as an electric generator plant.

   
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 1950, American Legion, Post 32 (Recorder) (Longmont, Colorado)
 
Title
Recorder

Join Year
1950
   
 Crest
Website
http://post32.net/

City
Longmont

State
Colorado

Contact Phone Number
303-776-2034

Contact Email
patl13@comcast.net

Year Established
2010

HQ Address
315 S. Bowen Longmont, CO 80501
   
Crest
Association Type
Military National

Website
https://legion.org
Contact Phone Number
(520) 398-6245

Contact Email
sambarnard1946@gmail.com
Year Established
2008

Owner
Chief Administrator, TWS, PO1, (1981-1994)
HQ Address
National Headquarters
Indianapolis Office
700 North Pennsylvania St.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Last Updated: Aug 7, 2016
   
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Don was a member of America Legion Post 32 and part of a group of WWII veterans who had all been on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC and met monthly for lunch.

   
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