R E S T R I C T E D
5th ENGINEER SPECIAL BRIGADE
COMMUNICATIONS ZONE, ETO
APO 887, US Army
6 March 1945
Commander E. C. Carusi, USNR
As Captain Bennett has already informed you, on 12 February 1945, under the authority of War Department Circular No. 333, 1943, a letter was submitted to the Commander, Naval Forces, France, by this Headquarters, recommending that the 6th Naval Beach Battalion be cited for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action while supporting the assault landings on the Vierville-Colleville sector, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944.
It gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction to advise you that this recommendation and proposed citation has been forwarded by Admiral Kirk, Commander of U.S. Forces, France, to the Secretary of the Navy recommending approval. A copy of the endorsement is enclosed is enclosed herewith for your information.
To you personally and to the men of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, I attribute a very tangible share of the successful establishment of the Omaha Beachhead. But for this aid the precarious situation on the Beach might have been turned to disaster.
My very, very best to you, your officers and all your men.
Colonel, Corps of Engineers
1st Ind to Ltr., Headquarters, 5th Engr Brig, file 200.6, subject: "Unit Citation, 6th Naval Beach Battalion," dated 12 February 1945.
My best to Mrs. Carusi & the family & to any of our mutual friends you might see ~ B.
SATTERLEE, BROWN, CARUSI & GOODSON
1629 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
May 11, 1973
Enclosed please find Xerox copies of certain correspondence in connection with my only command in World War II, i.e., that of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion.
One of my former officers asked me recently whatever happened to the Naval unit citation, and I was forced to tell him I never found out. Inasmuch as I know few people these days on active duty in the Navy, I am wondering if you would be kind enough to forward the enclosures to that service and ask, "what happened?"
With my very best regards,
Honorable W. Stuart Symington
Room 229, Old Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
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