Blitz, Rudolph, 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
1938-1941, F1c-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1938 - 1941
Fireman 1st Class

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lincoln, NE
Last Address
442 A St.
Lincoln, NE
(Father~Henry Blitz)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WW II Memorial National Registry
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1938-1941, F1c-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Fireman 1st Class prior to 1943 was E-4
  May 04, 1938, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  May 04, 1938, Enlisted with his Twin Brother Leo Blitz
  Sep 03, 1938, Received on USS Oklahoma with his twin brother
  Jul 14, 1939, Changed Rate from Sea2c to F3c
  Oct 16, 1939, Twin Brother & Him Promoted to F2c
  Mar 28, 1940, Transferred to USS Relief for Medical Treatment
  May 07, 1940, Received from USS Relief after Medical Treatment
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class or F1c (E-4)
  Dec 07, 1941, Declared Missing in Action
  Jul 13, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Fireman Rudolph Blitz and his twin brother was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB-37.

Oklahoma was moored in berth Foxtrot 5 in Battleship Row on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked. Outboard alongside Maryland, Oklahoma took three torpedo hits almost immediately after the first Japanese bombs fell. As she began to capsize to port, two more torpedoes struck home, and her men were strafed as they abandoned ship. In less than twelve minutes, she rolled over until halted by her masts touching bottom, her starboard side above water, and a part of her keel exposed.

Many of her crew, however, remained in the fight, clambering aboard Maryland to help serve her anti-aircraft batteries. 429 of her officers and enlisted men were killed or missing.Thirty-two others were wounded, and many were trapped within the capsized hull. Julio DeCastro, a Hawaiian civilian yard worker, organized a team that saved 32 Oklahoma sailors. There Bodies were retrieved from the wreckage and attempt to Identify them. Those not Identified were buried in unmarked graves at Honolulu Memorial (punch bowl).

F1c Rudolph Blitz was the twin brother of Leo Blitz, who was also killed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB37.
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