Altiman, Charles, SA Fallen
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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary Designator/NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Last Duty Station
1944-1944, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
Service Years
1944 - 1944

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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Last Address
Detroit, MI

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
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HAND SALUTE, RIP posted by ET Pinkston, Danielle ("YeoMom" or "Pink"), PO1 35 
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1944-1944, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
 Combat and Operations History
  1944-1944 Leyte operation /Battle Off Samar
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"For extraordinary heroism in action against powerful units of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Samar, Philippines, October 25, 1944. Silhouetted against the dawn as the Central Japanese Force steamed through San Bernardino Strait towards Leyte Gulf, Task Unit 77.4.3 was suddenly taken under attack by hostile cruisers on its port hand, destroyers on the starboard and battleships from the rear. Quickly laying down a heavy smoke screen, the gallant ships of the Task Unit waged battle fiercely against the superior speed and fire power of the advancing enemy, swiftly launching and rearming aircraft and violently zigzagging in protection of vessels stricken by hostile armor-piercing shells, anti-personnel projectiles and suicide bombers. With one carrier of the group sunk, others badly damaged and squadron aircraft courageously coordinating in the attacks by making dry runs over the enemy Fleet as the Japanese relentlessly closed in for the kill, two of the Unit's valiant destroyers and one destroyer escort charged the battleships point-blank and, expending their last torpedoes in desperate defense of the entire group, went down under the enemy's heavy shells as a climax to two and one half hours of sustained and furious combat. The courageous determination and the superb teamwork of the officers and men who fought the embarked planes and who manned the ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 were instrumental in effecting the retirement of a hostile force threatening our Leyte invasion operations and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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