Blind, Howard James, LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - qualified in Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1943-1944, 112X, USS Crevalle (SS-291)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1921
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Casper, WY

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The only man to lose his life on USS Crevalle (SS-291)
   
Comments/Citation
 

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1944
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Howard James Blind (NSN: 0-108587), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and intrepidity in the line of his profession upon the occasion of a surfacing accident to the U.S.S. CREVALLE (SS-291), on 11 September 1944. As Officer of the Deck, upon reaching the bridge and observing that the ship was re-submerging with the upper conning tower hatch open Lieutenant Blind fought his way through a torrent of water and with complete disregard of his own safety struggled with the hatch until it was closed, although the ship had submerged at the time to a keel depth of 150 feet. His action was a major contributing factor to the saving of the ship and her crew and undoubtedly cost him his own life. His actions and conduct on this occasion was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 03215 (December 6, 1944)
Action Date: September 11, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Crevalle (SS-291)
   
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Submarine War Patrols/USS CREVALLE (SS-291) 5th War Patrol
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
She is ordered to patrol in the Philippines.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Sep 11, 2013
   
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People You Remember
Commissioned Officers


Walker, F.D. Lt. Cdr. USN
Mazzone,W.F., Lt. (jg) USNR
Ruhe, W. J., Lt. Cdr. USN
Loveland, R.A., Lt.(jg) USNR
Blind, H. J., Lt. USNR
Bowe, R.E., Ens. USN
Morin, G.F., Lt. USNR
King, C. D. G., Ens. USNR

Chief Petty Officers
Babick, John, CEM(PA) USN
Pitts, Louis F., CRM(AA) USN
Biehl, Henry Tudor, CRT (AA) USNR
Ricksecker, Guy M., CMoMM (AA) USN
Blackburn, Orville G., CGM(AA) USN
Shopp, Jerome N., CCS(PA) USN
Chambers, Wayne M., CMomm(AA) (T) USN Snellings, Earl M., CQM (AA)(T) USN
Howard, James H., CTM(AA) USN
Williams, George E., CEM (AA) (T) USN

Enlisted Crew Members
Adams, William LeVerna, S1c, USNR
Niemczyk, Joseph N., TM2c USNR
Barnes, Frank, MoMM1c, USN
Osborne, Cedric H., PhM1c USN
Bessette, Roland, P.P., TM3c, USNR
Rennecke, Wyman John, EM1c USNR
Bower, Albert F., RT2c USNR
Reynolds, Rodney Ralph, SM 3c USN
Crowley, Joseph D. TM1c, USN
Roraback, Gilbert Little, TM2c USNR
Culley, Harold R., GM3c USNR
Stagman, Paul Louis, EM2c USN
Daughty, Russell L., Bkr3c (T) USNR
Schwarz, Robert Franklin, EM3c USNR
Ducharme, Armand N., EM1c USN Scisco, Clayton Sterlin, MoMM3c USN
Elliott, Walter J., FC(S)1c USN
Senn, Clayton S., MoMM3C USN
Enright, George F., TM2c USN
Sherick, Albert Marlin, EM3c USN
Fernandes, Albert C., MoMM1c USNR
Sinclair, Joe Milton, Jr., F1c USNR
Freeman, Edgar A., TM2c USNR
Singer, Jack William, EM3c USN
Fritchen, William L., GM2c(T) USNR
Stamly, Charles R., S1c USNR
Gaines, Robert E, MoMM2c(T) USNR
Starnes, Kenneth Jackson, MoMM 3c USN
Gaus, Leon E., TN3c USNR
Steinert, Herbert A., RM3c USNR
Graham, Ivan Hugh, MoMM3c USNR
Stokes, Frank H., SC2C USNR
Hall, Samuel E., TM1c USN
Tackett, William MoMM1c USN
Helix, Max Rudolph, MoMM1c USNR
Thompson, Robert, Jr., F2c USN
Hendrix, Orville B., Y1c USN
Tomlin, George Lawrence, EM2c USNR
Hildebrand, Charles Frederick, EM2c (T) USNR
Truman, Horace Lynn, MM1c USN
Howard, Stephen Aubry, FC(S)3c USNR
Weber, Russell Frederick, F1C USNR
Jenigen, Albert., F1c USNR Wheelus,
Roy Calvin, QM2C USN
Katchis, Jim "A," QM3c(T) USNR
Wiesniewski, Francis Walter, MoMM2C USN
Keane, Edward F., S1c USN
Yeager, Robert L., MoMM1c, USNR
Langfieldt, Maurice Edward, TM3c USNR
Larsen, James Louis, MoMM2c USNR
Lenatz, John Joseph, TM2c USN


Memories
1 Sep 1944
USS Crevalle (Lt. Cdr. F.D. Walker) departs Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Philippines.

11 Sep 1944
Crevalle nearly had a fatal diving accident. She was, however, damaged in such a way that she had to abort her patrol.

15 Sep 1944
The damaged USS Crevalle calls at Darwin to make emergency repairs.

22 Sep 1944
Crevalle ends her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

   
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