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Harold Sloop Berdine

Date of death: March 1966
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Home of record: Binghamton New York

Harold Berdine graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, Class of 1925. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1966.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander Harold Sloop Berdine, United States Coast Guard, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the U.S.C.G.C. SPENCER when that ship engaged and sank a German submarine on 17 April 1943. While escorting a large convoy, the SPENCER made contact with a submarine and went into action immediately. With a splendid demonstration of ship handling, prompt action, and accurate judgment, and with the convoy bearing down on his ship and the submarine, Commander Berdine boldly maneuvered his ship into position for two attacks while the U-Boat was still ahead of and close aboard the convoy. He maintained contact with the enemy ship while passing down through the convoy columns, and close stern of the convoy, delivered a third accurate depth charge attack. The submarine was forced to the surface, was then engaged with gunfire and sank shortly after. Many of the enemy crew were captured. Commander Berdine's outstanding performance of duty on this occasion reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Commander Berdine is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 2491 (July 29, 1943)

Action Date: April 17, 1943

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Commander

Division: U.S.C.G.C. Spencer

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Captain Harold Sloop Berdine, United States Coast Guard, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while acting as an Atlantic Fleet Escort Commander engaged in escort of trans-Atlantic Convoys during the Second World War. As an Atlantic Fleet Task Group Commander, he conducted the escort operations with utmost skill and success. The successful accomplishment of this exacting and difficult task, despite the hazards of enemy submarine-infested waters and adverse weather, resulted in the transportation of men and supplies to sustain the Allied War Fronts in Europe and thereby contributed materially to the prosecution and winning of the war. His sound judgment, professional skill and outstanding performance of duty reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 3069 (June 20, 1946)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Captain