Koster, de, Henk

    Date of birth:
    November 15th, 1917 (Clipper Maria, North Sea (between Ostend and Flushing))
    Date of death:
    November 23rd, 2015 (Delft, the Netherlands)
    Nationality:
    Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Career:
    1937: Entering service Koninklijke Marine;
    1939: Seiner Hr. Ms. Tromp;
    ?: Hr. Ms. Sumatra;
    ?: Hr. Ms. Van Nes;
    ?: Chef-Seiner Hr. Ms. Colombia;
    ?: MTB-Flottille.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Matroos der Eerste Klasse (Able-bodied Seaman)
    Unit:
    Hr. Ms. Van Nes, Koninklijke Marine
    Awarded on:
    May 20th, 1943
    Action:
    Recommendation:
    As crewmember of Our Destroyer H.M. Van Nes, during aerial attacks by Japanese bombers and divebombers in the Sea of Java, lasting two hours and the vessel suffering a number of direct hits casuing it to sink immediately, having displayed a sound morale, perseverance, determination and a fine devotion to duty, in particular for having endured privations on a raft or in a lifeboat for days on end during rescue operations.
    Details:
    706th Award.
    Royal Decree No. 6, dated May 20th, 1943.
    Recommendation: No. S 356/21/4 G, May 13th, 1943.
    Bronzen Kruis (BK)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    Received with three clasps.
    Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)

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