Walter James Garant, Sr.

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Navy

HOMETOWN
Philadelphia, PA

HONORED BY
Walt Garant, Son

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

SERVED FROM OCTOBER 14, 1940 TO DECEMBER 22, 1944. VESSELS AND STATIONS SERVED; 4TH NAVAL DISTRICT, U.S. NAVAL R RADIO SCHOOL, NORTON, CONNECTICUT; NAVAL OPERATING BASE, USS BARNETT, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA; USS RANGER, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA; USS CLEVELAND, U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT REPUBLIC, RECEIVING STATION SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA; SUBMARINE CHASER TRAINING CENTER, MIAMI, FLORIDA; RECEIVING STATION, HOUSTON, TEXAS; USS DOUGLAS A. MUNRO, U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL, ST. ALBANS, NEW YORK. MEDALS RECEIVED: PURPLE HEART, WWII VICTORY MEDAL, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, ASIATIC-PACIFIC MEDAL, 11 BATTLE STARS, EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN MEDAL, 1 BATTLE STAR, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION MEDAL, AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL WITH BRONZE LETTER A, BRONZE LETTER CLASP, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL. COMBAT RECORD: NOVEMBER 8-11, 1942 INVASION OF NORTH AFRICA AND OCCUPATION OF CASABLANCA. JANUARY 29-30, 1943 REPEL NIGHT TORPEDO AIR ATTACKS OF JAPANESE PLANES OFF RENNELL ISLAND. MARCH 6, 1943 SUNK 2 ENEMY WARSHIPS IN KULA BAY. JUNE 29, 1943 BOMBARDED JAPANESE INSTALLATION ON KOROVO SHORTLAND ISLAND. JULY 11, 1943 BOMBARDED JAPANESE INSTALLATION ON MUNDA POINT AREA, NEW GEORGIA ISLAND. OCTOBER 26-27, 1943 COVERED LANDING OPERATIONS ON TREASURY ISLAND. NOVEMBER 1, 1943 NIGHT BOMBARDMENT AT BUKA AIRFIELD AREA, DAYLIGHT BOMBARDMENT IN SHORTLAND ISLAND AREA, ENGAGEMENT WITH JAPANESE SURFACE FORCE CONSISTING OF CRUISERS AND DESTROYERS, ANTI-AIRCRAFT ACTION AGAINST 70 JAPANESE DIVE BOMBERS, 17 DESTROYED. DECEMBER 23-24, 1943 BOMBARDMENT OF JAPANESE INSTALLATIONS AT BUKA AIRFIELD NEAR BUKA PASSAGE, NORTHERN SOLOMON ISLANDS.