Glueckert, Joseph Lewis, PO2 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Last Duty Station
1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
MO - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1922
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago
Last Address
Chicago, IL

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Philippines
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II*/Lost at Sea
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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Conflict  :   Campaigns, Battles and Exercises
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End Year
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Conflict  :   Wars and Conflicts
Start Year
1700
End Year
2099
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Conflict
   
Conflict  :   World War II*
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
World War 2
   
Patrol  :   Submarine War Patrols
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
Not Specified
   
Patrol  :   USS HARDER (SS-257) 3rd War Patrol
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943
Description
Ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area. Sank the following Misago Maru No.11, Hokko Maru, Udo Maru, Nikko Maru
   
Participation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
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Memories
Third War Patrol
For her third war patrol Harder teamed with Snook (SS-279) and Pargo (SS-264) to form a deadly and coordinated attack group (a "wolf pack"). Departing 30 October 1943 for the Mariana Islands, Harder encountered a target 12 November. Promptly dispatching this one, she surfaced and sighted a trawler-escort damaged by the explosion of one of her own depth charges. Submerging again until sunset, the submarine sank the damaged ship with gunfire, then turned toward Saipan in search of new targets. Sighting three marus on 19 November, she radioed her companions and closed for attack. After passing close by an escorting destroyer, Harder fired six torpedoes at two ships, sinking Udo Maru. As depth charges began to fall, she pressed the attack; two more torpedoes finished Hokko Maru. Harder climbed to periscope depth after nightfall to finish off the third maru. Shortly before midnight, she fired several more shots at 6,000-ton Nikk˘ Maru, but the Japanese ship stubbornly refused to sink. A brave, but doomed, enemy crew kept the cargo ship afloat until Harder had expended all torpedoes, many of which ran erratically. Rough weather the next day finally sank the damaged target. Harder returned to Pearl Harbor on 30 November, then sailed to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard for overhaul.


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