Naval Battle off Leyte island on 23 October 1944
My Dear Father Merrill M. Zimmerman
MERRILL M. ZIMMERMAN
WORLD WAR II ARMY AIR FORCE
96th Air Service Squadron
March 29, 1943 - Jan 10, 1946
LOSS HIS HEARING IN WORLD WAR II DUE TO ENEMY BOMBING.
MR. ZIMMERMAN Service Connected Disability over 50 years
Profound hearing loss in both ears
308TH BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
Subject:Commendation.15, November 1944
TO:Commanding Officer , 96th Service Squadron, APO 72,
(THRU; Commanding General, Fifth Air Force, APO 710.)
1.It is desired to extend to the officers and enlisted men of the 96th Service Squadron of this
command's sincere admiration and appreciation for the superior manner in which they carried out their
mission under adverse conditions during the Philippine Invasion.
2. Through the manner in which merit of your organization kept the Tacloban Air Strip clear of
wrecked airplanes, rescued the pilots of those planes, gave them on-the spot medical aid and repaired, serviced and
re-armed the Navy planes while subject to repeated enemy bombing and strafing attacks contributed immeasurably
to the success of the Naval Battle off Leyte island on 23 October 1944.
3.It is with a profound sense of personal gratitude that I commend you and your command for
your outstanding accomplishments and a job well done.
Colonel, Air Corps
AG 201.22 1st Ind. (A-1)
HEADQUARTERS, FIFTH AIR FORCE, APO 710, 20, November 1944
TO: Commanding Officer, 96th Service Squadron, APO 72.
(Thru: Commanding Officer, V Air Force Service Command.)
The Commanding General desires to add his personal appreciation and commendation to personnel of
the 96th Service Squadron for the splendid manner in which they performed their duties during the opening
operations in the Philippine Islands. The diligence and determination described in basic communication are in
keeping with the highest standards of the United States Army.
Brigadier General USA
Chief of Staff
BASIC:Ltr, subj: "Commendation", Hq, 308th Bomb Wg, APO 72,
dtd 15 Nov 44, TO: CO. 9th Sv Sq, APO 72,
(THRU: CG, FAF, APO 710).
AG 201.22/A-1 2nd Ind. 2, December 1944
HEADQUARTERS, V AIR FORCE SERVICE COMMAND, APO 72.
1.The conscientious and Efficient manner in which personnel of the 96th Service Squadron
performed their regular assigned mission in the face of enemy activity, coupled with their exemplary
deportment while under hazardous conditions, is a tribute to this command. Each individual member of the
organization can be justly proud of their collective efforts in the liberation of the Philippine Islands.
2.It is my desire that this entire commendation be read aloud to members of the 96th Service
Squadron at the earliest opportunity.
RUSSELL J. MINTY,
Colonel, Air Corps,
File 201.22 3rd. Ind.
HEADQUARTERS, 59th, Service Group, APO 72. 10, December 1944
TO:Commanding Officer, 96th Service Squadron, APO 72.
1.The outstanding devotion to duty and disregard of personal safety displayed by the Officers
and enlisted men of the 96th Service Squadron under perilous conditions has inspired higher
commands to express their commendations in basic letter your unit and establishes a brilliant standard for all
units of the 59th Service Group.
2.I wish to add my personal commendation to the personal of the 96th Service Squadron and
to assure you that I am gratified to have a worthy unit under my command.
W.T. HUDNELL, JR
Colonel, Air Corps,
I Certify that this is
a true and exact copy.
THEODORE L. HAIST
1st Lieutenant AC