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Subject: US Commander Medals/Ribbons rss

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Dean Brown
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Does anyone know if US Sub Commanders earned medals or ribbons for reaching certain tonnage goals?
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GrumpyOldGamer wrote:
Does anyone know if US Sub Commanders earned medals or ribbons for reaching certain tonnage goals?


Tonnage goals? Not that I'm aware of.

I know that Pacific theater WW2 submarines could earn Battle Stars, Navy Unit Commendations & Citations, and the officers & crew could earn the various medals for heroism (Navy Cross, MoH, Purple Heart). I recall that many submarine crews would mount a broom to the mast upon return to port if they sunk every target they engaged - the "Clean Sweep".
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Thanks for the reply. I started reading Silent Victory by Clay Blair Jr., but I didn't get too far yet. Plus there are other good books I'm reading also. But I know the answer regarding medals is in there.
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"Clear the Bridge" by O'Kane is another good choice for your reading - captain of USS Tang and her 5 war patrols. From my reading, high sunk tonnage usually manifested as promotions & commendations for officers and crew, and sometimes in a Presidential Unit Citation for the boat. But I don't recall any direct correlation between sunk tonnage and specific awards. Even if there were, I wonder how all that would have played out considering the results of the various reassessments into tonnage that occurred in the years following the war...
 
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Well, for the Gato Leader Campaign Log Medal Variant I posted, I used the following tonnage for medals:

• Bronze Star – must sink at least a total of 50,000 tons of merchant shipping
• Silver Star – must have earned the Bronze Star on a previous patrol, and sink at least a total of 100,000 tons of merchant shipping
• Navy Cross – must have earned the Silver Star on a previous patrol, and sink at least a total of 150,000 tons of merchant shipping

Guess it wasn't as clear cut as the Germans, who had very well defined tonnage goals for medals.
 
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