MERRILL M. ZIMMERMAN WORLD WAR II ARMY AIR FORCE 96th Air Service Squadron March 29, 1943 - Jan 10, 1946 C 8-255-905
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
============================================================================================= HEADQUARTERS 308TH BOMBARDMENT WING (H) APO 72 ============================================================================================= 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.
D.W. HUTHCHISON Colonel, Air Corps Commanding.
=========================================================================================== 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.
D.R.HUTCHINSON 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, Commanding.
=========================================================================================== 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.