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Report: Military Service: During WWII - Navy

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# Person ID Last Name, Given Name(s) Birth Date Military Service
1 I21196  ACREY, Robert Curtis  02 JUN 1890  WWII: US Navy
2 I16371  BARNDT, Homer W.  8 MAR 1921  WWII: US Navy (Reserve),
Seaman First Class
Discharged 19 Feb 1945 
3 I21424  BEAM, Frank Arthur  24 OCT 1921  WWII: US Navy
4 I9866  BESEDA, Henry Earnest  17 FEB 1920  WWII: US Navy
U.S.S. Oakland in the Pacific Theatre
Yeoman-First Class,  
5 I25911  BLUDWORTH, Foy E.  21 JUL 1923  WWII: US Navy
SP (P) (VM)3 
6 I10342  BOLT, Clayton Adair  09 JUN 1922  WWII: US Navy
46th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) 
7 I12161  BRIED, Donald R.  1917  WWII: US Navy 
8 I6147  BRIED, Eleanor M.  19 JAN 1919  WWII: US Navy
Specialist 2nd Class Petty Officer 
9 I29086  BULLARD, Frank Leverette Jr.  15 MAR 1925  WWII: US Navy
10 I7442  BURNS, Thelma Juanita  11 OCT 1922  WWII: US Navy, Registered Nurse 
11 I13236  CAIN, Dixon Hill  14 APR 1919  WWII: US Navy
Lieutenant, j.g.
Mustered out May 1946 
12 I21410  CHENEY, Alan Breck  27 JUL 1920  WWII: US Navy
Purple Heart

He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and Purple Heart in WW II. As a demolition frog man he destroyed underwater obstacles and was wounded in the Normandy Invasion. He was the sole survivor of his unit. (Source: Find-a-Grave) 
13 I22935  CHEWNING, William Yancey  07 OCT 1907  WWII: US Navy; MAM2 
14 I9600  CLAUSS, Thomas Fadden  8 FEB 1923  WWII: US Navy
Served in the Navy aboard the USS North Carolina and USS Alabama in the Pacific theater, first as a blue jacket and then as lieutenant JG after completing the V-12 program at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University. 
15 I26192  CLEMENTS, Farrell Lee  19 NOV 1927  WWII: US Navy
Served aboard the USS Shaula (AK-118)
WIKI: USS Shaula (AK-118) was a Crater-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone. She was acquired as Shaula by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration under bareboat charter on 4 December 1943; converted from a freighter by Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, Florida; and commissioned on 5 May 1944. Shaula stood out of San Pedro on November 23d (1944). She called at Pearl Harbor and continued to Eniwetok where she provisioned fleet units from 15 to 25 December 1944, when she moved to Ulithi. She remained there until 12 February 1945, when she sailed in convoy for Guam. Eight days later, she sailed for San Francisco. After completing voyage repairs and reloading, she headed west, on 3 April, for Ulithi and Leyte Gulf. The cargo ship remained in Leyte Gulf from 25 May to 2 October (1945) when she sailed for Wakayama, Japan, via Okinawa. Shaula departed Wakayama three weeks later for Bungo Suido to provision minesweepers; thence to Hire Wan, Nagasaki, and Sasebo. 
16 I11179  CONCANNON, Lee Burton Sr.  27 SEP 1919  WWII: US Navy
Chief Machinist Mate
1937 to 1940, and
1942 to 1945 
17 I13944  DIX, Daniel Whiddon  26 SEP 1922  WWII: US Navy 
18 I19810  DOWNING, Elwin B.  20 MAY 1921  WWII: US Navy
19 I19803  DOWNING, John Parmer  18 AUG 1922  WWII: US Navy
LTJG, pilot 
20 I19804  DOWNING, Parmer John  6 JUN 1924  WWII: US Navy
21 I11140  EBBITT, Lawrence Ignatius  11 AUG 1892  WWI: US Navy
USS Colorado; Chief Boatswain's Mate  
22 I18924  ENLOW, Marshall Foch  6 JUL 1921  WWII: US Navy
Aircraft Structural Mechanic Third Class (AM3)

Name: Marshall Enlow
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 6 Jul 1921
Death Date: 30 Jul 1996
SSN: 456-20-5711
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 27 Oct 1944
Release Date 1: 30 Mar 1946 
23 I2362  FARRIS, Jimmy Houston  30 SEP 1925  WWII: US Navy 
24 I26066  FOSTER, Talmadge Kenneth  29 NOV 1921  WWII: US Navy
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class (GM3) 
25 I11300  FRITZ, Alto Ernst Jacob  24 MAY 1908  WWII: US Navy 
26 I27070  FUQUA, Clyde Moten  1912  WWII: US Navy
Aviation Chief Ordnanceman
Silver Star
Purple Heart
Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Clyde M. Fuqua (NSN: 2679598), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action aboard the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17) on 11 May 1945. Chief Fuqua, while trapped in the burning armory, directed men to safety. (
"On the morning of 11 May 1945, while supporting the Okinawa invasion, USS Bunker Hill was hit and severely damaged by two kamikazes. She suffered the loss of 346 men killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. Although badly crippled she managed to return to Bremerton via Pearl Harbor. Repaired and returned to active service, but did not resume flight operations, as she served as part of the "Magic Carpet" fleet, returning veterans from the Pacific until decommissioned."  
27 I22155  GAMBRELL, John Brewster  02 JUL 1927  WWII: US Navy (Reserve)
Seaman 2nd Class 
28 I18779  GARRETT, John L.  1 SEP 1899  WWII: US Navy 
29 I1541  HILL, Eldean  23 JUL 1922  WWII: US Navy 
30 I28330  HODGE, William  17 MAY 1923  WWII: US Navy 
31 I1988  HOPFIELD, Barbara Jeanne  17 FEB 1922  WWII: US Navy 
32 I24118  HOWARD, Alvan Dozier  29 SEP 1910  WWII: US Navy

Name: Alvan Howard
Birth Date: 29 Sep 1910
Death Date: 7 Jun 1991
Cause of Death: Natural
SSN: 255034550
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 15 May 1944
Release Date 1: 9 Sep 1946 
33 I8407  HOWELL, James Nicholas Jr.  21 MAR 1917  WWII: US Navy
Medical Corps
1947 US Navy Reserve
34 I21536  HOWELL, Woodrow Delbert  24 FEB 1919  WWII: US Navy
Seaman 2nd Class 
35 I15047  HULETT, Ellis Lee  01 JAN 1919  WWII: US Navy
36 I19983  HUTAFF, Samuel McKenzie  28 MAR 1915  WWII: US Navy

Name: Samuel Hutaff
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 28 Mar 1915
Death Date: 30 Apr 1983
SSN: 239102600
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 25 Jul 1944
Release Date 1: 20 Jul 1945 
37 I27092  KIER, Roland Neal  10 JAN 1923  WWII: US Navy
USS Marcus Island (CVE 77)
Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (Operated machine tools. Operated and maintained internal combustion engines and engine auxiliaries. Familiar with pressure and air systems as well as with electrical apparatus.) 
38 I27513  LEDBETTER, John Eddie  04 SEP 1907  WWII: US Navy
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class 
39 I16983  LEVERITT, Charles Lee  15 AUG 1920  WWII: US Navy
Graduated from the US Naval Academy 
40 I480  MALONE, Warren Leslie Sr.  19 MAY 1906  WWII: US Navy
Specialist V 3/C 
41 I21133  MCCOOL, Robert Clarence  1928  WWII: US Navy  
42 I26674  NEWSUM, Benjamin F. Jr.  1923  WWII: US Navy 
43 I10828  NORRIS, Wallace Reed  06 OCT 1926  WWII: US Navy 
44 I1255  PAYNE, William Gwinn  02 JAN 1915  WWII: US Navy
45 I34  PYLE, John Russell Jr.  14 DEC 1924  WWII: US Navy 
46 I25406  ROGERS, David Claud  15 DEC 1896  WWII: US Navy 
47 I4804  ROMANOSKI, Albin Joseph  13 NOV 1925  WWII: US Navy
Radioman Third Class (RM3) 
48 I26385  SCHLEGEL, Lyle Harlan  03 SEP 1914  WWII: US Navy (Reserve)
Service No.: 859-51-40
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (MM2)
US Naval Hospital
Honorably discharged 14 JUN 1944 
49 I21021  SCOTT, Albert F.  04 JUL 1917  WWII: US Navy 
50 I11425  SCOTT, Frank Blagg  24 AUG 1918  WWII: US Navy
USS Pompano (SS-181)
Radio Technician First Class.
15 Oct 1943: Declared MIA
04 Jan 1946: Presumed dead

Frank Blagg was a US Navy submariner during WWII. His boat, USS Pompano (SS-181), left Midway on 20 August 1943 on its 7th wartime patrol bound for Tsugaru Strait between Hokkaido and Honshu Islands. She was never heard from again and was presumed lost at sea. The Japanese knew the submarine was in the area because two ships were sunk by torpedo during September: Akama Maru on 3 September and Taiko Maru on 25 September. The Japanese conducted no anti-submarine attacks during the period of Pompano's operations so newly-laid mines in the vicinity probably caused the sinking. The mines were not known to U.S. Navy intelligence until after SS-181 sailed. Pompano was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 12 January 1944.

According to an article published on December 30, 2012, by McAlester News-Capital, in July 2012 a U.S. Navy minesweeper’s sonar detected what could be the hulk of a submarine in the Tsugaru Strait. The wreck rests at the geographic location 41° 27′ 6.000″ N, 141° 25′ 7.000″, at a depth of 129 feet. The USS Pompano (SS-181) was tasked with guarding two adjacent areas (Area 1 and Area 2) on her seventh and final war patrol. The Pompano left Midway on August 20, 1943. She was never seen or heard from again after that date. According to Wilfred J. Holmes, at the time of the Pompano’s last patrol it was not known that the Japanese were laying anchored mines off northeast Honshu at 250 fathoms. Holmes attributed the ignorance of this to the losses of the Runner and the Pompano. Another possibility for her loss is that Pompano was sunk on September 17, 1943 by a bomb and depth-charge attack near the Shiriyazaki Lighthouse, located on the outermost extremity of Cape Shiriyazaki, the northeastern-most point of Honshu, by a Japanese seaplane and surface vessels. After clearing some diplomatic hurdles, the Navy plans to do some additional sonar imaging of the wreck. If the sonar imaging is promising, they may also send divers down to investigate the sunken vessel. If the investigation proves the submarine is the Pompano, her hulk may provide evidence as to what caused her loss.
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USS Pompano lost at sea
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:52 pm, Fri Sep 12, 2014.
By James Beaty
Senior Editor

A U.S. Navy submarine believed missing off the coast of Japan since 1943 has brought a Texas woman together with area residents in Hartshorne and Red Oak. It had to do with an attempt to find photographs of all the sailors reported lost on the USS Pompano during World War II. Through their efforts, photographs of the sailors from Hartshorne and Red Oak who were lost on the Pompano have now been located, with conformation coming Friday that the Hartshorne sailor’s photo had been found. The two local sailors lost at sea on the submarine are George Alfred Jennings, of Hartshorne, and Jay S. Owen, of Red Oak. The USS Pompano embarked from Midway on Aug. 20, 1943, headed for patrols around Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan, never to be seen again by other U.S. forces — although the submarine is credited with sinking from one-to-two Japanese ships that September during her seventh battle patrol. However, the ship never returned to Midway and in January, 1944, the Pompano was removed from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register. All the sailors on board were declared lost at sea. Now, with the discovery of a possible submarine wreckage based on a side sonar scan by a U.S. Navy minesweeper in July 2012 inthe area where the ship is believed to have sank, family members of the sailors who were on board hope the Pompano’s wreckage may have been located. Public Affairs Officer CDR K.C. Marshall presented a report on the situation on behalf of the U.S. Naval Forces Japan, on Nov. 14, 2012. After diplomatic hurdles are cleared and the often choppy seas in the area make it feasible, there is hope that an identification dive will determine if the Pompano has indeed been discovered nearly 70 years after it was lost. “We are requesting permission from the government of Japan to physically confirm that a missing U.S. submarine sank in a specific location in the Tsugaru Straits during World War II,” Marshall’s report states. That’s made finding photos and possible family contacts for the 78 sailors lost with the Pompano a high priority for many of those familiar with the submarine’s history. One of those working to find the photos is Loretta Hill, a retired teacher, principal and curriculum director in Bridgeport, Texas. Her uncle, Charlie Wilson, was one of the sailors lost with the Pompano. After finding a photo of him that she had never seen before on the On Eternal Patrol website, she was eventually able to find his daughter and granddaughter, who the Texas side of the family had never known. Hill’s success in finding out more about her family inspired her try and learn more about the other sailors — which led to contacts regarding the sailors Jennings and Owen from southeastern Oklahoma. Hill had learned that Jennings grew up in Hartshorne in the 1920s and 1930s. She also learned he had a memorial stone in Hartshorne’s Elmwood Cemetery, although he was not buried there, since he’d been lost at sea. The marker notes Jennings was presumed to have died in World War II in service of his country at sea in the Asiatic area. Although the fate of the Pompano has been unknown for years, new evidence from Japan suggests it may have been hit by depth charges from members of the Japanese Navy following an oil slick on top of the water — which they took as an indication there was a submarine below. While trying to locate a photo of Jennings, Hill had contacted the McAlester News-Capital, where Delores Pingleton suggested she contact Greta Stephenson, well-known as a local historian in the Hartshorne community. Stephenson accepted the challenge. “She wanted a picture and she had no idea how to get it,” Stephenson said. Stephenson’s search led her to some groups of class pictures in the cafeteria at Hartshorne Junior High School. After checking some class photographs from 1932, the only Jennings photo she found simply had “Jennings” written on one side and “Salutatorian” on the other. Stephenson said it was the only photo in the class that had only a last name written down, without a first name. However, she located a former classmate of Jennings by telephone on Friday, who Stephenson said confirmed that he had gone to school with George Jennings in Hartshorne, and recalled that George Jennings had been the class salutatorian. Stephenson felt elated at the confirmation. She said that as far as she can tell, George Jennings was not related to the family of former Hartshorne High School football coach Haskell Jennings. Hill asked that anyone with any information about George Albert Jennings to contact her through email at [email protected], or to contact Stephenson in Hartshorne. Hill feels she and Stephenson have already forged a telephone friendship, since they’ve never met in person. “We have connected because of these sailors and patriotism,” she said. As for Stephenson locating a photo of Jennings, Hill said “I’m ecstatic. “Every time I get a picture of one of these men, I cry a little. They are so young.” Hill said she obtained a photo of Owen, the sailor from Red Oak, through Janice Newburn. If the U.S. military is able to positively identify the wreckage as the USS Pompano, the Navy plans to arrange and conduct an appropriate memorial service and declare the site a war grave. The U.S. naval report states that the Pompano, one of 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II, would be easily identifiable. It’s an early design “Fleet boat” with four tubes forward and two aft, according to the report. “All other F-boats with ‘four forward tubes’ have been located,” the report states. Contact James Beaty at [email protected] For more on this story, see the print or electronic editions of the McAlester News-Capital.  
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