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    Purple Heart Presentation to Family of World War II Navy Veteran [Image 3 of 7]

    Purple Heart Presentation to Family of World War II Navy Veteran



    Photo by Edward Buczek 

    Naval Support Activity Panama City

    Panama City, FL -- Naval Support Activity Panama City Chaplain Lt. John Gibson (far left) provides the invocation during a ceremony honoring the service of a World War II Navy veteran, Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019. Commanding officer, Cmdr. Jay Sego (left) presented the Purple Heart and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor to the family of Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Wheeler R. Ervin for combat actions aboard the Liberty Ship SS William W. Gerhard in August 1943. As a member of the Navy's Armed Guards whose mission was to protect the Liberty Ship convoys, he and fellow gunner's mates successfully repulsed two aerial enemy attacks of multiple bombs, torpedoes and strafing gunfire in the Mediterranean Sea. Petty Officer Ervin was eligible for the Purple Heart but never received it prior to his discharge in 1946. The Navy Board of Decorations and Medals has been reviewing records of the men and women who served in World War II to ensure they, or their family members, receive the medals and awards they had earned. U.S. Navy Photo by Edward Buczek/Released.



    Date Taken: 03.14.2019
    Date Posted: 03.14.2019 14:12
    Photo ID: 5177986
    VIRIN: 190314-N-KF207-009
    Resolution: 3000x1800
    Size: 4.06 MB
    Location: PANAMA CITY, FL, US 

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