Bolen, Albert James, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1939-1941, F1c-0000, USS Shaw (DD-373)
Service Years
1939 - 1941
Fireman 1st Class

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Home Town
West Frankfort, IL
Last Address
West Frankfort, IL
(Mother~Martha Bolen Gates)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 82 Site:116-117

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Fireman 1st Class (E-4)  Albert Bolen was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed on board the USS Shaw DD-373.

Among the drydocked ships in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked was the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373). Raised out of the water in the floating drydock YFD-2, along with the old harbor tug Sotoyomo (YT-9), Shaw attracted the unwelcome attention of several dive bombers of the second strike wave. These hit her with three bombs at about the same time as they were attacking the then-nearby battleship Nevada. These bombs all hit the forward portion of the ship. The resulting fires proved uncontrollable, and Shaw was ordered abandoned. As efforts were underway to flood the drydock about a half-hour after she was hit, her forward ammunition magazines detonated in a spectacular blast, completely removing her bow. The blast also punctured YFD-2 and Sotoyomo. Both soon sank, the drydock partially and the tug completely, leaving Shaw's after portion afloat, with an intense fire raging at its front.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Shaw (DD-373)
  1939-1941, F1c-0000, USS Shaw (DD-373)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 09, 1939, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 337-21-13
  Dec 15, 1939, Received on USS Shaw Rank of Able Seaman (AS)
  Feb 09, 1940, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (E-2)
  Oct 23, 1940, Changed Rate from Seaman 2nd Class to Fireman 3rd Class (both were E-2 before 1944)
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to Fireman 2nd Class (Rank of E-3 before 1944)
  May 06, 1941, Temporary Transferred USS Relief for Medical Treatment
  May 16, 1941, Transferred Back to USS Shaw from USS Relief
  Oct 01, 1941, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (Rank of E-4 before 1944)
  Dec 11, 1941, Listed as killed in action on Dec 7, 1941 US Navy Muster Report for the USS Shaw.
  Aug 27, 1949, Reburied in a Group Burial Plot at Jefferson Barracks 1
  Feb 21, 2018, General Photos
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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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