Blankenship, Henry Wilbur, PhM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1939-1941, PhM-0000, USS California (BB-44)
Service Years
1928 - 1941
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Schuyler, NE
Last Address
4127 Morrow Way
San Diego, CA
(Wife~Hazel Ruth Blankenship)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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US Navy
  1939-1941, PhM-0000, USS California (BB-44)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
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  Serial Number 316-22-13
  Sep 10, 1938, Re-enlisted at Marine Barracks at Quantico, VA
  Oct 06, 1939, Received at Naval Receiving Station Norfolk from Marine Barracks at Quantico, VA
  Oct 09, 1939, Transferred to USS Henderson for further transfer to USS California for duty
  Nov 17, 1939, Received on USS California
  Dec 07, 1941, Listed Missing In Action1
  Jan 01, 1942, Originally Interned at Oahu Halawa Cemetery, Hawaii
  Aug 18, 1949, Re-Interned at Ft Rosecrans, San Diego, CA2
  Jan 12, 2018, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
Petty Officer First Class Henry Blankenship was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed on board the USS California BB-44.
On 7 December 1941 USS CALIFORNIA was moored at the southernmost berth of "Battleship Row" and was with other dreadnoughts of the Battle Force when the Japanese launched their aerial attack. As she was about to undergo a material inspection, watertight integrity was not at its maximum; consequently the ship suffered great damage when hit. At 0805 a bomb exploded below decks, setting off an antiaircraft ammunition magazine and killing about 50 men. A second bomb ruptured her bow plates. Despite valiant efforts to keep her afloat the inrushing water could not be isolated and CALIFORNIA settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface. When the action ended, 98 of her crew were lost and 61 wounded.
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Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WW II Memorial National Registry
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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