|Former Kennebec Boy Had Active Part in War Nov.
Aboard the U.S.S. Du Page, at sea
When Clifford D.
Armstrong, Radioman 3c, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Armstrong of
Burns, Oregon, listened to the broadcast of the surrender ceremony which
took place aboard the USS Missouri, he had a feeling of personal pride
and satisfaction for the part he played in winning the war in the
His ship, an Armed Attack Transport, had a major role in the
seizure of stepping stone bases in Japan. It was aboard the USS Du Page
that thousands of soldiers and marines were taken to beaches of the
Marshall Islands, Guam, Peleliu, Leyte, Luzon, Subic and Okinawa and it
was her in Sick Bay that hundreds of those gallant men were
treated for wounds received as these beaches were being rid of the
enemy. While being subjected to enemy attack several times, and once the
target of a Kamikazi, the USS Du Page still proudly sails on her mission
of transporting troops and equipment to the theater of operations, and
transporting evacuated troops, casualties and prisoners of war to ports
Armstrong, prior to reporting aboard the Du Page,
served on the USS LST 488. He has been awarded the American Theatre,
Asiatic-Pacific and Philippines Liberation ribbons and personally saw
action at Guam, Peleliu, Leyte and Luzon. His brother, Eugene, is also
serving in the navy.