Friday, September 9, 2016

Earl Murphy war medals

Earl Lloyd Murphy, son of Charles Homer Murphy and Dessie Church, enlisted in the U.S. Navy entering into active service on February 6, 1946 at Wheeling, West Virginia. On August 9, 1946, he completed a two-week course of instruction in Stevedore training* at the Technical Training Department, U.S. Naval Training and Distribution Center, Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme, California. During World War II, Earl was a seaman and radio operator stationed in California and Hawaii. He served on Material Salvage Units 3 and 6 and the U.S.S. Comstock LSD-19. Earl was honorably discharged by R. S. Lamb, Captain, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer at the U.S. Naval Station in San Diego, California on December 3, 1948. Not done with military life yet, Earl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Enlisted Reserve Corps on February 15, 1949 and served until November 14, 1952 when he was honorably discharged. He received the American Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal for his service. These are his medals.

Left: American Defense Service Medal
Center: Army Good Conduct Medal
Right: World War II Victory Medal

Wikipedia describes the medals as:
  • American Defense Service Medal: Intended to recognize those military service members who had served on active duty between September 8, 1939 and December 7, 1941.
  • Army Good Conduct Medal: Awarded to any active-duty enlisted member of the U.S. military who completes three consecutive years of ‘honorable and faithful service.’
  • World War II Victory Medal: Awarded to any member of the U.S. 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.

*A stevedore is a waterfront manual laborer who is involved in loading and unloading ships (Wikipedia).

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