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An Original and Authentic World War II US Navy Citation Lot For Prize Crew Member of the Capture of the German U-505 Submarine
This is a very rare lot, presented to Chief Photographer's Mate C. V. Werlla, awarding him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions during the capture of the U-505 as part of Admiral Dan Gallery's prize crew.
This is a VERY unusual lot as it includes a photocopy of the original CLASSIFIED temporary citation. Note the wording of the award: "For Extraordinary Heroism and Outstanding Courageous Service, the Nature of which cannot be revealed at this time." dated 16 September 1944.
It is accompanied by the ORIGINAL permanent citation, issued by the Secretary of the Navy, John L. Sullivan, and signed in his own hand, and the ORIGINAL forwarding letter dated 21 February 1949 by the office of the CNO Medals and Awards division.
Also included is an original period photograph of the prize crew taken in Boston Harbor in 1945. Werlla is in the photo, but not identified. One of the other crew members is identified by a caption on the back. Of historic interest, note the black sailor at the upper left corner of the photo standing and waving.
An original newspaper clipping of the Washington (DC) Post announcement of the death of Admiral Dan Gallery dated Jan 19, 1977 completes the lot. There is plenty of margin to allow framing (not shown, the image is cropped to show just the pertinent content).
Werlla's name is listed several times on the official boarding party lists, visible here.
The condition of all pieces is near excellent.