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US WWII SUBMARINE COMMANDER Photo, Document & Sub Combat Badge Grouping - 2x SILVER STAR & 2x NAVY CROSS WINNER! Incredibly rare grouping to William Calhoun THOMPSON who served as the commander of the submarine USS CABRILLA and was a DOUBLE SILVER STAR & DOUBLE NAVY CROSS winner! Comes with his original submarine combat badge with three battle stars and official letter dated June 11, 1944 allowing him to wear the badge!! Comes with two folders FULL of his original service records. Earliest date appears to be 1935 -affidavit from US Naval Academy when appointed to the rank of Ensign, then documents related to his service on the USS Tennessee, also service on the USS Idaho and US S. New Mexico, nice documents on official US S. Tennessee stationary, official letter from 1938 appointing him to Lieut. Junior grade, documents related to his service on the submarine USS Sea lion (he was an original member of this crew when the boat was commissioned), documents related to his being reprimanded for disregarding sentry's orders, many hand written documents concerning his naval service, documents related to this time on the USS Cabrilla including on official USS Cabrilla stationary, documents from his times serving as commander of the USS Spikefish, original commendation of Thompson by Gen., Allen while serving on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, many documents from his time serving in Argentina, copies of his discharge was in all medals and awards, retirement documents, and much more also comes with original letters to his wife, official boat & ship launching material including a first day cover of the USS Sea lion address to Thomson, his college graduation announcement, Fleet ball program from 1939, a very interesting group of documents concerning his original awards of medals to his crew on the USS Cabrilla during her sixth war patrol and then subsequent command decision to have him reduce several of these awards (interesting reading) - original medal citations that he wrote for crew member medal recipients!!! Also comes with a very nice photo album containing 117 personal photos of Thompson - great photos of Thompson wearing so insignia and ribbons, one photo of him receiving a medal, at least 11 original photos of his wartime submarine service showing crew on deck, Japanese victory pennant's on display, machine guns being fired from the deck, photos of other officers during his time and command positions in late 45 and 1946, large crew photos, portrait photos, letters and cards to Thompson and his wife from friends and crew members, first-class ticket from Honolulu to San Francisco dated July 17, 1941, original ticket from the Navy versus Yale football game from 1938, original receipt from Tiffany & Co. for the couple's wedding ring in 1939, and so much more. Also comes with a detailed history of the man's service and including his citations. Amazing group to a very successful sub commander!! [4-3.13]
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