Letter of Commendation from COMSOPAC
Presidential Unit Citations signed by President Richard Nixon
Following his appointment, Nixon began aviation indoctrination training at the Naval Training School, Naval Air Station in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. After completing the course in October 1942, he went to the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he served as Aide to the Executive Officer until May 1943. Looking for more excitement, Nixon volunteered for sea duty and reported to Commander Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he was assigned as Officer in Charge of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command at Guadalcanal in the Solomons and later at Green Island. His unit prepared manifests and flight plans for C-47 operations and supervised the loading and unloading of the cargo aircraft. For this service he received a Letter of Commendation from the Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force for "meritorious and efficient performance of duty as Officer in Charge of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command... " On 1 October 1943, Nixon was promoted to lieutenant.
From August through December of 1944, Nixon was assigned to Fleet Air Wing EIGHT. From December through March 1945, he served at the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. In March, his next assignment was as the Bureau of Aeronautics Contracting Officer for Terminations in the Office of the Bureau of Aeronautics General Representative, Eastern District, headquartered in New York City. In that capacity he had temporary additional duty at various places, including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Buffalo, New York City, and East Hartford, Connecticut. When he was released from active duty on 10 March 1946. He was promoted to Commander in the Naval Reserve on 1 June 1953.
While on active duty besides the Letter of Commendation, Nixon earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He is entitled to two engagement stars on the Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal for supporting air action in the Treasury- Bougainville operations from 27 October to 15 December 1943 and for consolidation of the northern Solomons from 15 December 1943 to 22 July 1944. Nixon transferred to the Retired Reserve of the Naval Reserve on 1 June 1966.
9 JAN 1913 Born in Yorba Linda, California 15 JUN 1942 Appointed Lieutenant (junior grade) in U.S. Naval Reserve 1 OCT 1943 Lieutenant 3 OCT 1945 Lieutenant Commander 10 MAR 1946 Relieved of active duty 1 JUN 1953 Commander in Naval Reserve 1 JUN 1966 Retired from Naval Reserve
Naval Training School, NAS, Aug. 1942-Oct. 1942 Quonset Point, RI Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Oct. 1942-May 1943 Ottumwa, Iowa Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet May 1943-Aug. 1944 Fleet Air Wing EIGHT Aug. 1944-Dec. 1944 Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAir) Dec. 1944-Mar. 1945 Washington DC Office of the BuAir, Mar. 1945-10 Mar. 1946 Representative, Eastern District, Philadelphia, PA