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USS MIssoula photos and documents from Bill.

 
USS Missoula Photos
USS Missoula USS Missoula
Attached is a picture of the MISSOULA off the coast of Ulithi. The captions on this photo from other sites are wrong. It was not off the coast of IWO or Okinawa. Attached is a picture of the Medical Department O/B USS MISSOULA (1944-45). My Dad, William A. Wilson is on the top row, 4th from the left. [Larger Copy]
USS Missoula USS Missoula
Imperial Domain of the Golden Dragon
this is to certify that
William A. Wilson HA 1/c
was Duly Inducted into
the SILENT MYSTERIES OF THE FAR EAST
having crossed the 180th Meridian on
January 31, 1954
on board the
U.S.S. Missoula (APA-211)
ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP
This is to certify that
William A. Wilson Hale USNR
has been gathered to our fold and duly initiated as
A TRUSTED SHELLBACK
Having crossed the Equator on board the
U.S.S. Missoula (APA-211)
David Jones,
His Majesty's Scribe

Neptunus Rex,
Ruler of the Raging Main

9050-M.I.N.Y. 8-21-44—54M
USS Missoula USS Missoula
Certificate of Satisfactory Service
UNITED STATES NAVY
This is to certify that
William Arlie Wilson 940 98 57
PHARMACIST'S MATE THIRD CLASS USNR
Has served and satisfactorily completed a period
of training and service on active duty in the
United States Navy World War II
[Signature of certifying officer]
UNITED STATES NAVY
San Francisco---12-6-44
Hawaii----------12-12-44
Crossed date line--1-31-44
Eniwetok--------2-5-45
Saipan----------2-11-45
Iwo Jima---------2-19-45--D-day
Crossed Equator-3-9-45
Tulagi-----------3-12-45
Espirito Santo--3-15-45
Ulithi-----------4-3-45
Okinawa----------4-9-45
Philippines------5-27-45-V-J-day
USA--------------1-21-46
USS Missoula USS Missoula
Attached is a picture taken from the ship while in Tokyo harbor. This is the other side of the picture with the hand made stamp on it. Attached is a picture of a hand made stamp for the MISSOULA being in Tokyo Bay for the surrender. It is faded, but you can make it out.
USS Missoula USS MISSOURI
Tokyo Bay
SEPTEMBER 2, 1945
CERTIFYING THE PRESENCE OF:
William A. Wilson U.S.N.R.
at the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers

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