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
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Not Specified
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

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  1944, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Submarine War Patrols/USS HARDER (SS-257) 3rd War Patrol
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Ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area. Sank the following Misago Maru No.11, Hokko Maru, Udo Maru, Nikko Maru
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Nov 1, 2009
Personal 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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