Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy

Former Kennebec Boy Had Active Part in War   Nov. 1, 1945                       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 Pacific.
    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 of embarkation.
     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.



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