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George Robert Mitchell

George Robert Mitchell

Navy CrossPurple HeartPrisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Ensign
Service Number O-097750
Birth Date August 23, 1915
From Booneville, Mississippi
Decorations Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
Ship USS Pigeon (ASR-6) (formerly AM-47)
Date of Death September 7, 1944
Location Aboard Shinyo Maru
Circumstances Died when Shinyo Maru, transporting Allied Prisoners of War from the Philippines to Japan, was sunk by USS Paddle (SS-263)

Navy Cross Citation:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign George R. Mitchell (NSN: 0-97750), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Minesweeper U.S.S. PIGEON (AM-47), in combat with the enemy during the period from 7 December 1941 to 7 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Ensign Mitchell participated in operations of strategic importance involving hazardous missions such as to reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

Photo and information courtesy of Clay Callaway, grandnephew.


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