United States Pacific Fleet
Flagship of the Commander Third Fleet
The Commander THIRD Fleet, United States Pacific Fleet,
takes pleasure in commending
ALFRED LOUIS BIRCH
CHIEF FIRE CONTROLMAN
UNITED STATES NAVY
for service as set forth in the following
"For outstanding service in the line of his profession as Chief Fire Controlman in the plotting room of a fast battleship throughout a difficult and especially successful bombardment of vital enemy industrial shore installations in the Japanese Empire on the night of 17-18 July 1945. By his skill and initiative in the performance of his exacting duties during this bombardment he contributed directly and significantly to the success of his ship in inflicting substantial damage upon the enemy. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Admiral, U. S. Navy
|Mom and Dad at the mess table, Mom and 'A' at Dad's bunk, Dad at the controls|
Below is a post war photo taken at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where my dad earned his degree in electrical engineering through the G. I. Bill.
|Typing a letter to my Mom? (Mom's picture on dad's desk)|