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Pillsbury I DD-227

Pillsbury I(DD-227: dp. 1,190; 1. 314'4"; b. 30'8"; dr. 9'3"; s. 35 cpl. 116; a. 4 4", 1 3", 12 21" tt.; cl. Clemson)The first Pillsbury (DD-227) was laid down by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa. 23 October 1919, 1aunched 3 August 1920, sponsored by Miss Helen Langdon Richardson; and commissioned 15 December 1920, Lt. H. W. Barnes in command.Pillsbury served for many years with the Asiatic Fleet. On 27 November 1941, by order of the Commander Asiatic Fleet Admiral T. C. Hart, Pillibury departed from Manila together with other units of the fleet. For some time she operated in the vicinity of Borneo, and was in that area when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.After the war commenced, Pillsbury, together with United States, Dutch and Australian naval vessels, operated out of Balikpapan on reconnaissance sorties and on anti-submarine patrols. Later she moved to Surabaya, Java, and from there made night patrols with cruisers Noust~n and Marblehead and destroyers of Division 58, including the action of Badoeng 8trait 4 February 1942.On 18 February the Japanese began swarming ashore on Bali and the Allied surface forces including Pillsbury set out to disrupt further landings from a Japanese convoy reported in the area.While steaming through Badoeng Strait on the night of 19-20 February, Pillsbury fired three torpedoes at a Japanese ship without result. A searchlight was trained on PiUsbury, and several shots were fired at her. She turned to starboard and make smoke to escape the light. The relatively small Allied forces at this time were forced to lightning strikes and rapid evasive retirement in the face of superior Japanese forces m the dim hope of disrupting the enemy advance.At 0210 Pillsbury sighted a ship dead ahead and opened up with her main battery and .50 calibre guns. The amidships gun crew of the Japane~e ship was put out of action by the first burst of the .50 calibre machine guns. The target ship then received a direct hit with a shell from either Pillsbury or from the destroyer in the opposite column. This caused the Japanese destroyer to swing to starboard. The spotter then observed three sure hits from Pillsbury: one on the bridge, one amidships and one on the fantail. As soon as the last shot hit, the Japanese ship erupted in flnmes, and her firing ceased.At this time Pillsbury and Parrott (DD-218) were detached from the striking force and sent to Tjilatjap. After the action around Bali the ships had few torpedoes and were sadly in need of overhaul.A few days later gallant Pillsbury met her end. There are no logs or battle reports giving the details of the action in which Pillsbury, Ashville (PG-21) and Edsall (DD-219) were sunk between the 1st and 4th of March 1942. A powerful force of Japanese ships was operating to the south of Java to prevent the escape of Allied ships from that area. The Japanese force consisted of four battleships, five cruisers aircraft carrier Soryu and the destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 4.Interrogation of officers of the Japanese Task Forces at the time garnered the following information. In a night surface action, Pillsbury and Asheville were sunk by "teamwork" firing of three cruisers of Cruiser Division 4 and two destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 4 in Bali Strait, Netherlands East Indies. Edsall was sunk by gunfire of four battleships of the 3d Battleship Squadron, two cruisers of Cruiser Division 8 and two bombers from Soryu.All three sinkings took place approximahly 200 miles east of Christmas Island. After sinking the three U.S. ships, the Japanese forces retired from the scene hastily. Hence, no survivors were picked up by the Japanese warships.Pillsbury received two battle stars for World War II service.


USS Pillsbury DD 227 (1920-1942)

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Pillsbury được đặt lườn vào ngày 23 tháng 10 năm 1919 tại xưởng tàu của hãng William Cramp and Sons ở Philadelphia. Nó được hạ thủy vào ngày 3 tháng 8 năm 1920, được đỡ đầu bởi cô Helen Langdon Richardson và được đưa ra hoạt động vào ngày 15 tháng 12 năm 1920 dưới quyền chỉ huy của Hạm trưởng, Đại úy Hải quân H. W. Barnes.

Pillsbury đã phục vụ nhiều năm cùng Hạm đội Á Châu, và đã tham gia nhân sự kiện Nam Kinh năm 1927 trong thành phần hải đội Hải quân Hoa Kỳ để bảo vệ tính mạng và tài sản của công dân Hoa Kỳ. Theo chỉ thị của Tư lệnh Hạm đội Á Châu, Đô đốc Thomas C. Hart, vào ngày 27 tháng 11 năm 1941, nó cùng các đơn vị khác của hạm đội rời Manila, Philippines dưới quyền chỉ huy của Thiếu tá Hải quân Harold C. Pound. Khi Hải quân Đế quốc Nhật Bản bất ngờ tấn công Trân Châu Cảng vào ngày 7 tháng 12 năm 1941 (8 tháng 12 theo giờ địa phương), nó đang có mặt tại vùng phụ cận Borneo.

Sau khi chiến tranh nổ ra, Pillsbury cùng các đơn vị khác của Hải quân Hoa Kỳ và các tàu chiến của Hà Lan và Australia hoạt động ngoài khơi Balikpapan trong các chuyến đi trinh sát và tuần tra chống tàu ngầm. Sau đó nó di chuyển đến Surabaya, Java, và từ đây thực hiện các chuyến tuần tra ban đêm cùng các tàu tuần dương Houston (CA-30) và Marblehead (CL-12) cùng các tàu khu trục thuộc Đội khu trục 58, bao gồm trận chiến eo biển Badoeng vào ngày 4 tháng 2 năm 1942. Đến ngày 18 tháng 2, lực lượng Nhật Bản bắt đầu đổ bộ lên bờ tại Bali, và các đơn vị tàu nổi dưới quyền Bộ chỉ huy Mỹ-Anh-Hà Lan-Australia (ABDA), bao gồm Pillsbury, được gửi đi nhằm ngăn chặn các cuộc đổ bộ tiếp theo của một đoàn tàu vận tải khác được báo cáo hiện diện trong khu vực.

Đang khi di chuyển qua eo biển Badung trong đêm 19-20 tháng 2, Pillsbury đã bắn ba quả ngư lôi nhắm vào các tàu chiến Nhật trong trận chiến eo biển Badung mà không có kết quả. Một đèn pha tìm kiếm đối phương đã chiếu vào nó, và nó bị nhắm bắn nhiều phát con tàu đã phải bẻ lái sang mạn phải và thả một làn khói để lẩn tránh. Lực lượng tương đối ít của phía Đông Minh vào lúc này buộc phải áp dụng chiến thuật tấn công chớp nhoáng rồi nhanh chóng rút lui lẩn tránh do phải đối đầu với một lực lượng Nhật Bản vượt trội, với hy vọng mong manh có thể ngăn cản việc tiến quân của đối phương. Lúc 02 giờ 10 phút, Pillsbury phát hiện một tàu đứng im trước mặt nó và đã khai hỏa với dàn pháo chính và súng máy.50-caliber. Khẩu đội pháo giữa tàu của chiếc tàu chiến Nhật bị vô hiệu hóa bởi loạt đạn súng máy.50-caliber đầu tiên, rồi sau đó nó trúng một phát đạn pháo trực tiếp có thể từ Pillsbury hoặc của chiếc tàu khu trục đồng đội bên hàng đối diện, khiến con tàu bị dạt sang mạn phải. Sau đó trinh sát viên chứng kiến ba phát đạn pháo của Pillsbury trúng đích trực tiếp: một trúng cầu tàu, một trúng giữa tàu và một phía đuôi tàu. Sau khi trúng phát đạn pháo cuối cùng, chiếctàu Nhật bốc cháy và ngừng bắn.

Vào lúc này PillsburyParrott (DD-218) được cho tách ra khỏi lực lượng tấn công và được gửi đến Tjilatjap. Sau các hoạt động chung quanh Bali, các con tàu chỉ còn lại một ít ngư lôi và đang rất cần được đại tu. Vài ngày sau Pillsbury kết thúc số phận của nó. Không có nhật ký hải trình hay báo cáo chiến trận nào của phía Hoa Kỳ ghi lại hoàn cảnh chi tiết mà Pillsbury, Asheville (PG-21) và Edsall (DD-219) bị đánh chìm, và số phận của chúng là một bí ẩn cho đến hết chiến tranh, khi có thể nghiên cứu nhật ký hải trình của các tàu chiến Nhật. Một lực lượng tàu nổi Nhật Bản hùng hậu đã hoạt động ở phía Nam Java để ngăn cản việc chạy thoát của các tàu Đồng Minh khỏi khu vực này, bao gồm bốn thiết giáp hạm, năm tàu tuần dương thuộc Đội tuần dương 4, hai tàu sân bay và các tàu khu trục thuộc Hải đội Khu trục 4.

Trong một trận chiến vào đêm 2 tháng 3 năm 1942, Pillsbury bị áp đảo bởi hai tàu tuần dương thuộc Đội Tuần dương 4 Nhật Bản. Nó đối đầu với TakaoAtago, và bị đắm lúc 21 giờ 02 phút với tổn thất toàn bộ thủy thủ đoàn, ở tọa độ 14°30′N 106°30′Đ  /  14,5°N 106,5°Đ  / -14.500 106.500 Tọa độ: 14°30′N 106°30′Đ  /  14,5°N 106,5°Đ  / -14.500 106.500 .

Trước đó, Edsall bị đánh chìm trong trận chiến biển Java vào ngày 1 tháng 3 năm 1942. Lúc 18 giờ 24 phút, nó chịu đựng một phát bắn trúng trực tiếp từ thiết giáp hạm Hiei, rồi một phát khác lúc 18 giờ 35 phút từ tàu tuần dương Tone. Edsall còn bị chín máy bay ném bom bổ nhào Aichi D3A từ tàu sân bay Sōryū và tám chiếc khác từ tàu sân bay Akagi tấn công, trúng nhiều quả bom, khiến nó chết đứng giữa biển lúc 18 giờ 50 phút. Nó bị chiếc tàu tuần dương Chikuma kết liễu, đắm lúc 19 giờ 00, và chỉ với 5 đến 8 người sống sót. Thi thể của 5 thủy thủ của Edsall còn lại bị hành quyết được khám phá tại Indonesia vào năm 1952.

Bị chậm lại do gặp trục trặc động cơ, Asheville bị các tàu khu trục Nhật ArashiNowaki bắt kịp lúc 09 giờ 06 phút ngày 3 tháng 3, và bị đánh chìm sau một trận chiến kéo dài 30 phút. Một thủy thủ được cứu vớt khỏi mặt nước, nhưng từ trần sau đó trong trại tù binh. Cả ba chiếc đều bị đánh chìm trong phạm vi khoảng 200 dặm (322 km) về phía Đông đảo Christmas. Sau khi đánh chìm các tàu chiến Đồng Minh, lực lượng Nhật Bản rút lui khỏi khu vực chiến trường.

Pillsbury được tặng thưởng hai Ngôi sao Chiến trận do thành tích phục vụ trong Chiến tranh Thế giới thứ hai.


History of Burger King - History and Ownership - Pillsbury Company

In 1967, after eight years of private operation, the Pillsbury Company acquired Burger King and its parent company Burger King Corporation. At the time of the purchase, BK had grown to 274 restaurants in the United States and had an estimated value of $18 million (USD). One of the main issues that Pillsbury had to control was the lack of consistency within the franchise framework. McLamore and Edgerton's franchise system allowed the company to expand a great clip, however it lacked a system of checks and controls on its franchises which in turn created a poor reputation for the chain in regards to its products and image. Additionally, the agreements gave the company little power to prevent its franchises from exercising power of the company itself.

One of the prime examples of the deficiencies in its former franchise structure was the relationship between Burger King and Louisiana-based franchisee Chart House. Chart House started out its history as Self Service Restaurants Inc. when two businessmen brothers Billy and Jimmy Trotter opened their own BK franchise group in that state in 1963. By 1970 the company had grown to over 350 store across the country, with its own purchasing system, training program and inspection system. In 1973 Chart House attempted to purchase the chain from Pillsbury for $100 million (USD), an offer which Pillsbury declined. After Chart House's bid failed, its owners Billy and Jimmy Trotter put forth a second plan that would have Pillsbury and Chart House spin off their respective holdings and merge the two entities into a separate company again Pillsbury declined the proposed divestiture. After the failed attempts to acquire the company, the relationship between Chart House and the Trotters soured when Chart House purchased several restaurants in Boston and Houston in 1979, Burger King sued the selling franchisees for failing to comply with the right of first refusal clause in their contracts. Burger King won the case, successfully preventing the sale. The two parties did eventually reach a settlement where Chart House kept the Houston locations in their portfolio. In the early 1980s Chart House spun off its Burger King holdings and re-focused on its higher end chains its Burger King holding company, DiversiFoods, was eventually acquired by Pillsbury $390 million (USD) in 1984 and folded into Burger King's operations.

With the ongoing conflict with Chart House on the mind of the company's board in 1978, Burger King hired McDonald's executive Donald N. Smith to help revamp the company. Smith initiated a restructuring of all future franchising agreements, disallowing new owners from living more than an hour's drive from their restaurants, preventing corporations from owning franchises and prohibiting franchisees from operating other chains. This new policy effectively limited the size of franchisees and prevented larger franchises from challenging Burger King as Chart House had. Smith also altered the way the company dealt with new properties by making the company the primary owner of new locations and rent or lease the restaurants to its franchises. This policy would allow the company to take over the operations of failing stores or evict those owners who would not conform to the company guidelines and policies. Beyond the changes to the franchise system, Smith also restructured Burger King's corporate operations in order to better compete against his former company as well as then up and coming chain Wendy's. One of his first changes was to modify the menu with the addition of the Burger King specialty sandwich line in 1979, which significantly expanded the breadth of the BK menu with many non-hamburger sandwiches including new chicken and fish offerings. The new line was one of the first attempts by a major fast food chain to target a specific demographic, in this case adults aged between 18 and 34 years, members of which were presumably willing spend more on a higher quality product. The new products were successful and the company's sales increased by 15%.

After Smith's departure from the company for soft drinks producer PepsiCo in 1980, the company began to see a system-wide decline in sales. Pillsbury executive vice president of restaurant operations Norman E. Brinker was tasked with turning the brand around and strengthening its position against its main rival, McDonald's. One of his first acts was to initiate an advertising plan emphasizing claims that Burger King's flame-broiled burgers were better and larger than its rival's. The program, arguably the first attack ads on a food chain by a competitor, was controversial in that before it fast food ads only made allusions to the competition in a vague manner, never mentioning them by name. McDonald's sued Burger King, their ad agency at the time the J. Walter Thompson Company. The child actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was also implicated in the lawsuit because of her appearance in these television commercials. The suit was settled the following year on undisclosed terms. Despite the controversy, the ad plan boosted same store sales when sales took off. The whole situation at the time became known as the Burger Wars. Brinker continued working for the company in this capacity until 1982 when he was promoted to president of Pillsbury's food service division. His new role expanded his oversight to include the company's other chains beyond Burger King. Brinker left the company in 1984 to take over Dallas-based gourmet burger chain Chili's.

With the departure of Smith and Brinker, Pillsbury allowed many of their changes to be relaxed, as well as scaled back on construction of new locations which had the effect of stalling corporate growth. By failing to follow through on the changes of the two men, Pillsbury caused its own value to diminish as it derived more than one third of its sales and two thirds of its profits from the burger chain. When the British alcoholic beverages company Grand Metropolitan PLC made a hostile bid for Pillsbury, the company devised a plan to spin off the financially flailing restaurant unit in hopes to raise an estimated US$2 billion that could be used to fend off the unwanted suitor. The complex, potentially tax-free stock split plan would have led to the chain, along with its distribution system Distron, becoming a separate entity for the first time in over twenty years.

Hoping that the special dividends created by the spin-off would have convinced shareholders not to accept the hostile bid, Pillsbury had its plans partially scuttled when the company's franchisees rejected the plan despite parts of which that would have given the franchises part ownership in the company and a seat on its new board. In a letter to Pillsbury chairman Phillip L. Smith, franchise representative Bill N. Pothitos stated that franchisees disapproved of the transaction on the grounds that they "strongly oppose this proposed course of conduct for one reason and one reason alone: It so restricts the ability of the Burger King Corporation to engage in future competitive growth and reinvestment in the Burger King system that our economic interests and investments will be placed in jeopardy." Another option floated by the company in December 1988 was to sell Burger King to a third party, a proposal that drew a favorable response from its franchises, never came to fruition.

On top of the failure of the franchises to approve the spin-off, a series of lawsuits complicated the divestiture. Two legal challenges to the parent company were filed by investors, one in Pillsbury's home state of Minnesota and another in the state where it was incorporated, Delaware, in which the legality of the stock tender plan was questioned. These three events eventually forced Pillsbury to give up its bid to fend off Grand Metropolitan and agree to be acquired in November 1988.

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DD-227 Pillsbury

The first Pillsbury (DD-227) was laid down by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa. 23 October 1919, launched 3 August 1920, sponsored by Miss Helen Langdon Richardson and commissioned 15 December 1920, Lt. H. W. Barnes in command.

Pillsbury served for many years with the Asiatic Fleet. On 27 November 1941, by order of the Commander Asiatic Fleet Admiral T. C. Hart, Pillsbury departed from Manila together with other units of the fleet. For some time she operated in the vicinity of Borneo, and was in that area when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.

After the war commenced, Pillsbury, together with United States, Dutch and Australian naval vessels, operated out of Balikpapan on reconnaissance sorties and on anti-submarine patrols. Later she moved to Surabaya, Java, and from there made night patrols with cruisers Houston and Marblehead and destroyers of Division 58, including the action of Badoeng Strait 4 February 1942.

On 18 February the Japanese began swarming ashore on Bali and the Allied surface forces including Pillsbury set out to disrupt further landings from a Japanese convoy reported in the area.

While steaming through Badoeng Strait on the night of 19-20 February, Pillsbury fired three torpedoes at a Japanese ship without result. A searchlight was trained on Pillsbury, and several shots were fired at her. She turned to starboard and make smoke to escape the light. The relatively small Allied forces at this time were forced to lightning strikes and rapid evasive retirement in the face of superior Japanese forces in the dim hope of disrupting the enemy advance.

At 0210 Pillsbury sighted a ship dead ahead and opened up with her main battery and .50 calibre guns. The amidships gun crew of the Japanese ship was put out of action by the first burst of the .50 calibre machine guns. The target ship then received a direct hit with a shell from either Pillsbury or from the destroyer in the opposite column. This caused the Japanese destroyer to swing to starboard. The spotter then observed three sure hits from Pillsbury: one on the bridge, one amidships and one on the fantail. As soon as the last shot hit, the Japanese ship erupted in flames, and her firing ceased.

At this time Pillsbury and Parrott (DD-218) were detached from the striking force and sent to Tjilatjap. After the action around Bali the ships had few torpedoes and were sadly in need of overhaul.

A few days later gallant Pillsbury met her end. There are no logs or battle reports giving the details of the action in which Pillsbury, Ashville (PG-21) and Edsall (DD-219) were sunk between the 1st and 4th of March 1942. A powerful force of Japanese ships was operating to the south of Java to prevent the escape of Allied ships from that area. The Japanese force consisted of four battleships, five cruisers aircraft carrier Soryu and the destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 4.

Interrogation of officers of the Japanese Task Forces at the time garnered the following information. In a night surface action, Pillsbury and Asheville were sunk by "teamwork" firing of three cruisers of Cruiser Division 4 and two destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 4 in Bali Strait, Netherlands East Indies. Edsall was sunk by gunfire of four battleships of the 3d Battleship Squadron, two cruisers of Cruiser Division 8 and two bombers from Soryu.


USS Pillsbury (DD-227)

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Figure 1: USS Pillsbury (DD-227) from a Christmas card for the Asiatic Fleet, dated 1937. Courtesy David Wright. Click on photograph for larger image.


Figure 2: USS Pillsbury (DD-227) circa the 1930's. Courtesy Marc Piché. Click on photograph for larger image.


Figure 3: USS Black Hawk (AD-9) panoramic photograph of the ship moored at Chefoo, China, during the 1930s with other ships from the US Asiatic Fleet. Destroyers alongside, from Destroyer Division 14, are (from left to right): USS Bulmer (DD-222) USS Pillsbury (DD-227) USS Pope (DD-225) USS John D. Ford (DD-228) USS Edsall (DD-219) and USS Peary (DD-226). Courtesy of Walter R. Woodward, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Click on photograph for larger image.


Figure 4: USS Pillsbury (DD-227) circa 1927, location unknown. Click on photograph for larger image.


Figure 5: A memorial to CMM Richard Lang and the men of the USS Pillsbury (DD-227) located at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. Courtesy Colleen Collier. Click on photograph for larger image.

Named after John E. Pillsbury, a US Admiral who was a world-renowned geographer, USS Pillsbury (DD-227) was a 1,190-ton Clemson class destroyer that was built by William Cramp and Sons at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was commissioned on 15 December 1920. She was approximately 314 feet long and 30 feet wide and had a top speed of 35 knots and a crew of 116 officers and men. Pillsbury was armed with four 4-inch guns, one 3-inch gun, twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes and depth charges.

Pillsbury spent most of her career in China and the Philippines as part of the US Asiatic Fleet. On 27 November 1941, with the Japanese threatening American bases in the Philippines, Admiral Thomas C. Hart, Commander of the US Asiatic Fleet, ordered Pillsbury and a number of other warships to steam to Borneo. After hostilities began on 7 December 1941, Pillsbury (along with Dutch and Australian naval vessels) operated out of Balikpapan, Borneo, on reconnaissance sorties and on anti-submarine patrols. As the Japanese advanced throughout the Pacific, these ships were moved once again to Surabaya, Java. From there, units of the US Asiatic Fleet searched for the advancing Japanese Navy.

Although several American destroyers from the Asiatic Fleet scored a significant victory against the Japanese at Balikpapan on 24 January 1942, that was one of the very few bright spots for the US Navy at that time. Pillsbury took part in the Battle of Badung Strait off the coast of Bali on 19-20 February 1942. A combined force of British, Dutch and American warships (with a total of three cruisers and seven destroyers) attacked four Japanese destroyers that were escorting 2 transports. The action occurred late at night and the Allied ships should have decimated the Japanese task force. However, the Japanese sunk a Dutch destroyer and severely damaged a Dutch cruiser. The Allied warships damaged three of the Japanese destroyers (one of them severely), but did not sink any of them. The battle lasted for several hours and eventually both sides left the area. But, in the end, the Japanese destroyers fought off a much larger Allied task force, did not lose any ships, and successfully protected the two transports they were escorting. The Allies had bitter lessons to learn from this battle: they had to improve communications between Allied warships, learn how to fight together as a team, and they had to perfect their night-fighting capabilities. These were problems that would haunt the US Navy throughout the early part of the war, especially during the early naval battles off Guadalcanal.

After the battle, Pillsbury and the destroyer USS Parrott (DD-218) were sent to Tjilatjap, Java, for some badly needed repairs to their engines. But Java was about to fall to the oncoming Japanese and many American warships were ordered to retreat to Australia so that they could live to fight another day. Unfortunately, many of them did not make it. On the night of 2 March 1942, one of those retreating American warships was Pillsbury. She ran straight into a large force of Japanese warships that was patrolling south of Java. Two Japanese cruisers pummeled the lonely American destroyer with numerous hits, sinking Pillsbury within a matter of minutes. The ship went down approximately 200 miles east of Christmas Island. The Japanese quickly left the area to search for additional prey and did not bother to look for survivors. Pillsbury’s crew was never heard from again.

The fall of Java, along with the destruction of most of the US Asiatic Fleet, was one of the darkest chapters in the history of the US Navy. Many American, British, and Dutch warships were sacrificed to buy precious time for the Allies. The US Navy needed that time to regroup and to rebuild its fleet, especially after the disaster at Pearl Harbor. But it was ships like Pillsbury that bought the Allies this precious time and their sacrifice should never be forgotten.


As can be seen from the date of death, this was a very early WW2 action in which the USS Pillsbury was sunk by Japanese cruisers. The Pillsbury and 2 other ships were sunk in the same area at the same time. No records surfaced until Japanese records were found after the war ended. The ABMC site lists the declared dead date of Nov. 2, 1945.

The "group" consists of Fairbanks' posthumous officially engraved Type 1 Purple Heart as made ny the US Mint, plus some research and details from the National Archives.

F1C Fairbanks was a regular Navy man who enlisted January 10, 1939. He was born April 24, 1919 in Emmett, Kansas. He trained at the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes. He served on the USS Altair, USS Henderson, and USS Blackhawk. His Blackhawk service was in China on the Yangtze River. He began service on the Pillsbury in 1941.

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Why we must boycott Pillsbury – by a Pillsbury family member

Minnesota-based General Mills is operating a Pillsbury factory on an illegal Israeli settlement.

Pillsbury is doing business in illegal Israeli settlements & profiting from Israel’s war crimes, and a member of the PIllsbury family is calling for boycott of his own family’s products.

by Charlie Pillsbury, reposted from Star Tribune, April 28, 2021

When our ancestor Charles A. Pillsbury founded the Pillsbury Company over 150 years ago, he could not have imagined that his products would one day reach every corner of the world. What started with the purchase of one flour mill on the west bank of the Mississippi River in 1869 became a household brand, which is now owned by General Mills.

We take pride in seeing our family name associated with products sold around the world. But in these times we no longer can in good conscience buy products bearing our name.

Last year, the United Nations published a list of companies doing business in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. We were saddened to learn that General Mills was included on this list for operating a factory manufacturing Pillsbury products in an Israeli industrial zone in occupied East Jerusalem.

We learned that General Mills built this factory on land that Israel illegally confiscated from the Palestinian town of Beit Hanina. Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law and are under investigation as war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

We also are disappointed by the indifference General Mills has shown to this issue in its media statements. Instead of taking responsibility for building a factory on confiscated land, General Mills has boasted that the factory employs Palestinians.

Of course, hiring Palestinians is a good thing to do but providing jobs to a few Palestinians does little to offset the enormous costs of a brutal occupation, nor does it excuse General Mills from profiting from Israel’s war crimes. As Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others, have observed, companies cannot operate in this political context without themselves being an integral part of the problem.

As a result, several human rights organizations, including Jewish Voices for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee have declared a consumer boycott of Pillsbury products. As people of conscience, we have no choice but to join this boycott of the very brand our family worked so hard to build.

As long as General Mills continues to profit from the dispossession and suffering of the Palestinian people, we will not buy any Pillsbury products. We call on General Mills to stop doing business on occupied land. And we call on all people of good conscience and all socially responsible organizations across the globe to join in boycotting Pillsbury products until General Mills stops this illegal and immoral practice.

NOTE: the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has prepared “Boycott Pillsbury” resources. Find out more and take action here.

Charlie Pillsbury is distinguished practitioner in residence and co-director, Center on Dispute Resolution, Quinnipiac University School of Law. This statement is also submitted on behalf of George, Leah, Lydia and Sarah Pillsbury.

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