How does one go about getting a ship added to the US Navy ships in World War II category

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 I was looking through military categories today for profiles I'm working on.  The ship for which I was searching does not seem to be on the list of US Navy ships in World War II.  I assume this category is still a work in progress. 

Would it be possible to add the USS Walke (DD-416) a Sims Class destroyer  which was sunk off Savo Island on 15 Nov 1942. The ship was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 13 January 1943.

in The Tree House by Karen Raichle G2G6 Mach 6 (68.9k points)

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Category: USS Walke (DD-416), United States Navy, World War II

has been created and is ready to be added to the profiles you were working on



Category: USS Napa (APA-157), United States Navy, World War II

has been created and is ready to be added to your fathers profile
by Keith McDonald G2G6 Mach 8 (89.4k points)
selected by Paula J
Thanks Keith
+5 votes  My Dad served on the USS Napa.  

USS NAPA   APA – 157   motto:  NEVER QUIT

USS Napa (APA-157) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 123) 7 June 1944 by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Ore.; launched 12 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Cranston Williams; acquired from the Maritime Commission on a loan-charter basis and commissioned 1 October 1944, Captain Francis J. Firth in command.

Following shakedown exercises off the California coast, Napa took on Seabee units at Port Hueneme and sailed, 25 November, for Hawaii on the first leg of her westward journey to the combat area in the Western Pacific. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 2 December, she was assigned to Transport Division 44, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, and for the next month trained with units of the 4th Marine Division preparing for the invasion of Iwo Jima. On 27 January 1945, the attack transport got underway as part of TF 51. From 11 February through the 15th, she underwent further training at Tinian, departing on the 16th for the Volcano Islands.   ....   Eight miles off Iwo Jima by dawn on the 19th, Napa commenced lowering her boats at 0641, thus allowing sufficient time for the landing craft to cover the distance to the Blue Beaches on the southeastern coast of the island for H-hour, 0900. 

I have notes from my Dad as well as a book given to all personnel called the Napalogue.  

by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (614k points)
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Yes, the categories are a work in progress...   we are working with the categorization project to get approved, standard naming for the mil and war categories, hopefully that will not take too much longer.  until then, it does not make sense to create new ones since they might have to be changed in the near future
by Keith McDonald G2G6 Mach 8 (89.4k points)
Thanks for the answer.  Will there be some kind of notice when the process is finalized in order to get new ships added to the category? Or do we need to just keep checking the categories?
there is a thread in G2G about the naming standards.  once approved, I will be going back to the categories and adding notes about what they are, and how to drill down/add profiles to each of them
Thanks for your help.
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I had an  cousin on a ship that was hit in world war ll,& also an Uncle who served under General Patton

how do I get this information for you to check out to see if you could add it to thi project>

by Martha Leger G2G6 Mach 2 (28.7k points)

the information is not added to the project, the project exists for members who are interested in a certain topic and are willing to dedicate time to it ;>

Ideally, you would have the information in the person's profile, and we can add profile to a category, or create new categories if appropriate, based on that info.

the primary purpose of adding a ship category is to have a place that all of the people assigned to the ship can be listed, this is the same thing we are trying to accomplish by adding people to units such as Division, Regiment, etc.

Some ships exist to transport troops, so for a fairly short period of time, an Army or Marine unit would be on board while in transit, but not really assigned/part of the ship.  In these cases, you could add a reference to the ship [[:Category:xxx]] instead of adding to the ship [[Category:xxx]].  There are also cases such as Marines assigned to a ship as part of its crew, they would be added to the ship.

General Patton was in command of several units throughout the war.  If you do not have an actual unit, if you had a date period/location, we could check that against General Patton's record and at least determine the upper level command that your Uncle could be placed in, such as 1943 Sicily 7th Army, 1944 France 3rd Army, 1945 Germany 15th Army.  From that point, additional research might be able to narrow his service unit down to a specific Division or Regiment.
Thanks Keith, the information you mentioned is in profile of  Rodney   Richard-2176                    in the Obituary

does this help ?

I do not know the correct way to go about this so is why I am hoping for help.


from the obit, you could add

[[Category: 2nd Armored Division, United States Army, World War II]]

[[Category: Battle of Normandy / D-Day]]

the "African & European Theator nearly three years & earned seven campaign star" is for the [[Category: European-African-Middle_Eastern_Campaign_Medal]]  each campaign a person was in would be another campaign star to put on the medal.  the list of them is so probably Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.  we only categorize the basic medal, i.e. nothing for all the possible combinations of stars....  that should be mentioned in the bio.

he should have also gotten World War II Victory Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal, look for documentation that he did.

the other places mentioned were too vague to be sure that the category for the battles in those areas could be added... you would need to do some more research on that.

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