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Koster, de, Hendrikus "Henk"

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


    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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    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Matroos der Eerste Klasse (Able-bodied Seaman)
    Hr. Ms. Van Nes, Koninklijke Marine
    Awarded on:
    May 20th, 1943
    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.

    706th Award.
    Royal Decree No. 6, dated May 20th, 1943.
    Recommendation: No. S 356/21/4 G, May 13th, 1943.
    Bronzen Kruis (BK)
    Second World War (1939-1945)

    Received with three clasps.
    Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)