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SMN Ervin Nathaniel Baker
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On Eternal Patrol - The Loss of USS Grayling (SS-209)
- Judy Richards
 Added: Jul. 22, 2015
Purple Heart Awarded for wounds or death as result of an act of any opposing armed force, as a result of an international terrorist attack or as a result of military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force. The oldest of our military awards, the predecessor for the Purple heart was George Washington's "Badge of Military Merit" (1782).  Washington's award was resurrected in 1932 as the Purple Heart and is awarded to any person wounded in action while serving in any of our Armed Forces.  It is also presented posthumously to the next of kin of personnel killed in action or who die of wounds sustained in action.
- Judy Richards
 Added: Jul. 22, 2015
The World War II Victory Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created by an act of Congress in July 1945. The decoration commemorates military service during World War II and is awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. The World War II Victory Medal was first issued as a ribbon, and was referred to simply as the “Victory Ribbon.” By 1946, a full medal had been established which was referred to as the World War II Victory Medal. The medal's front depicts Nike standing victorious, holding a broken sword, representing the broken power of the Axis, with one foot upon the helmet of Mars, the Roman god of war, representing the end of the conflict. Behind Nike is a sunburst, representing the dawn of peace. The reverse recalls the "Four Freedoms" speech by President Roosevelt, with a laurel sprig, surrounded by the words "United States of America", and the dates of the conflict, "1941-1945". The edges of the ribbon revisit the multi-colored rainbow ribbon of the Allied World War I Victory Medal. This again honors all the allied nations. The wide red center represents the new sacrifice of blood by World War II combatants. The thin white lines separating the central red band from the outer multi-colored bands represent the rays of new hope, two of them signifying that this was the second global conflict. There is no minimum service time limit for the issuance of the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Personnel Records Center has reported some cases of service members receiving the award for simply a few days of service. As the Second World War ended on September 2, 1945, there are also cases of service members, who had enlisted in 1946, receiving the decoration without having been a veteran of World War II. The reason for this late date is that President Harry S. Truman did not declare an official end of hostilities until the last day of 1946.
- Judy Richards
 Added: Jul. 22, 2015
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal is a service decoration of the Second World War which was awarded to any member of the United States military who served in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945 and was created on November 6, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 [2] issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. There were 21 Army and 48 Navy/Marine official campaigns of the Pacific Theater, denoted on the service ribbon by campaign stars; some construction battalion units issued the medal with award numerals. The arrowhead device is authorized for those campaigns which involved amphibious assaults. The Fleet Marine Force combat operation insignia is also authorized for certain sailors. The flag colors of Japan and the United States are visible in the ribbon. The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was first issued as a ribbon in 1941. A full medal was authorized in 1947, the first of which was presented to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The European Theater equivalent of the decoration was known as the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
- Judy Richards
 Added: Jul. 22, 2015

- warren mceachern
 Added: Apr. 13, 2009
God bless. RIP
- Wisteria
 Added: Nov. 21, 2014

- Kay and Duane Douglass
 Added: Jul. 16, 2014
USS Grayling (SS 209) is one of the 52 submarines lost during World War II and is the designated Memorial Submarine for the State of Colorado. The remembrance memorial is located at Sloan's Lake, Denver, Colorado.Grayling disappeared with all hands somewhere near the approaches to Manila Bay on/about 1 September, 1943. She was the 17th submarine lost in WWII.Grayling began her illustrious career in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 1 March, 1941. During her short lived service she completed 8 War Patrols and was credited with sinking 16 enemy vessels and damaging 6 others.The Grayling had the opportunity of her life to sink the Japanese aircraft carrier HOSO on her very first patrol but, as were other early "Boats", was plagued by faulty torpedoes. She conducted operations in the Japanese Homeland for her second patrol and participated in the Battle of Midway on her third. The Philippine Islands were the scene of her fifth and sixth ventures into enemy waters, while the seventh was in the Borneo area.She slipped her mooring lines for her final journey into enemy waters on 30 July, 1943. She reported sinking a small tanker and taking one prisoner on 20 August.No further direct transmissions were received from the Grayling after that reportIndirect reports indicated that on the 23rd, she slipped into Panay on an important mission to deliver much needed supplies to guerrillas there. Then she went on to reconnoiter Tablas Strait until 2 September. Throughout September, her silence was deafening. Finally and sadly, on 30 September, 1943, she was reported as "…overdue and presumed lost with all hands". Personnel onboard included eight officers and sixty-eight enlisted men.The Gallant Submarine and her crew now rest in the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific, on Eternal Patrol, their location known only to themselves and their Supreme Commander
- Tennessee Irish
 Added: Nov. 30, 2012
"There is in the wide lone sea, A spot unmark'd but holy. For there the gallant and the free, In his ocean bed lies lowly." ~ H. Lyte
- Tx🌠Oma
 Added: Oct. 24, 2012

- Judy Curnell
 Added: Nov. 16, 2009

- g beverly
 Added: Oct. 20, 2009
The same month my father was killed in action. He was a paratrooper. I honor your sacrifice, TM1 Baker.
- rosie mcnaughton
 Added: Dec. 31, 2009
Ervin Nathaniel Baker, lost at sea aboard the US Submarine Grayling, Sept. 1943.
- Tennessee Irish
 Added: Jul. 31, 2009

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