Medals Thomas J. Williams probably earned
Thomas James Williams was from San Bernardino, California. Williams served on the Destroyer Jarvis. The Jarvis was at Pearl Harbor, and participated in the aborted Wake Island Relief Mission, and covered the landing forces during the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi.
Thomas J. Williams' Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal
On August 8 while on a patrol she was hit by a Japanese torpedo. Although damaged the Jarvis proceeded to Australia for repairs. On August 9, 1942 she was briefly engaged by the Japanese during the battle of Savo Islands and later that day sunk by Japanese land bombers. During that attack all crew members on the Jarvis were lost. USS Jarvis, DD 393, was the first destroyer casualty in the Guadalcanal campaign.
Thomas J. Williams' Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal (backside)