Gale Sr., Dave, PO3

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, BM-0000, USS Hilbert (DE-742)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
BM-Boatswain's Mate

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Dave Gale (Bubba Gump), BM3 to remember Gale Sr., Dave, Cox (Coxsw.

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Last Address
Darien, Georgia

Date of Passing
Jul 31, 2004
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Dave L. Gale Sr. is my grandfather who served under AdmiralHalsey with the 3rd fleet on the USS Hilbert (DE742) during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1945 when he returned to Darien, GA. where he made his living shrimping, fishing, and hunting alligators. My granfather use to sit with me and tell me stories of his time in the Navy in which he was very proud of. He was my inspiration to go and join the Navy. He is really missed.
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The USS Hilbert received 8 battle stars for her WWII service. She was also in the Luzon Operation, Okinawa Gunto Operation, Capture of Saipan and Tinian. The Hilbert successfully rode out a disastrous typoon which caught the 3rd Fleet unaware Dec.17-18, 1944 in which the Hull (DD350), Monaghan (DD354), and Spence (DD512) capsized with a total loss of 778 lives. The fleet was caught again in June 5, 1945 in which the Hilbert on suffered minor damage.


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
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US Navy
  1944-1945, BM-0000, USS Hilbert (DE-742)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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