I do have a question, and it relates to your Silver Star. I found within my Dads stuff an RCA telegram from the Capt. of the merchant ship he was on while at the Anizo beachhead. It was awarding the whole Armed Guard with a citation while at the beachhead. I guess the regular Navy didn't like to recognize what a Captain in the Merchant Marine suggested as he never got the medal.
I'll get slightly off topic in that with my short run in the Army I saw that officers got the bulk of decorations, remember they could write up stuff for each other. Medals on officers never impress me, seeing them on the enlisted or NCOs is the real stuff.