Kuhr, Willis L., PO3 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Last Duty Station
1940-1943, GM-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cannon Cockers Card
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
1920
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Beulah
Last Address
Antelope, California

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II/Battles/Battle of Kula Gulf
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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 Duty Stations
Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC San DiegoUSS Helena (CL-50)
  1940-1940, Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC San Diego
  1940-1943, GM-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1940, Recruit Training Command (NTC San Diego, CA), 80
 Combat and Operations History
  1941-1941 Engagements/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 US Vessels Sunk/USS Juneau (CL-52)
  1942-1942 Battles/Battle of Cape Esperance
  1942-1942 US Vessels Sunk/USS Wasp (CV-7)
  1942-1943 Battles/Battle of Guadalcanal
  1943-1943 Japanese/Submarine RO-102
  1943-1943 US Vessels Sunk/USS Helena (CL-50)
  1943-1943 Battles/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 Battles/Battle of New Georgia
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Helena (CL-50) was a St. Louis-class light cruiser of the United States Navy, damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and subsequently active in the Pacific War until she was sunk at the battle of Kula Gulf in 1943. Helena was the first ship to be awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.
Helena, the second Navy ship named after the city of Helena, Montana, was launched 27 August 1939 by the New York Navy Yard, sponsored by Miss Elinor Carlyle Gudger, granddaughter of Senator Thomas J. Welch of Montana, and commissioned 18 September 1939, Captain Max B. Demott in command.

 


Uss Helena in the South Pacific, 1943
(note: radar antennas have been brushed out by censors)
Career (US) United States Navy ensign
Name: Helena
Namesake: Helena, Montana
Builder: New York Navy Yard
Laid down: 1936-12-09
Launched: 1939-08-27
Commissioned: 1939-09-18
Fate: Sunk, Battle of Kula Gulf, 1943-07-06
General characteristics
Class and type: St. Louis class light cruiser
Displacement: 10,000 tons
Length: 608.3 feet (185 m)
Beam: 61.7 ft (18.8 m)
Draft: 19.8 ft (6.0 m)
Speed: 33 knots
Complement: 888 officers and enlisted men
Armament: 15×6 inch
8×5 inch
8×12 mm

 

   
Comments/Citation
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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUnited States Navy Cruiser Sailors AssociationMilitary Order of the Purple HeartMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1941, United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association
  1943, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
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