Wright, Paul Raymond, CWT

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1941-1941, WT-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1919 - 1941
WT-Water Tender
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenix, AZ
Last Address
Route 12 Box 3804
Phoenix, AZ
(Father~Charles Grant Wright)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section P Grave 1135

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Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2017, Pearl Harbor Fallen
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  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

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ABMC.GOV posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432

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US Navy
  1941-1941, WT-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
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  Serial Number 134-53-01
  Listed as USFR F4D Means U.S. Fleet Reserve - 20 or more years
  May 14, 1941, Received to Naval Receiving Station San Diego, CA from COMELEVEN via commercial
  Jun 13, 1941, Transferred To USS Saratoga CV-3 For Further Transit to USS Sirus
  Jul 02, 1941, Transferred to Receiving Station Pearl Harbor for For Further Transfer to USS Sirius
  Jul 15, 1941, Received on USS Sirius
  Aug 11, 1941, Transferred to Receiving Station Pearl Harbor General Duty
  Oct 13, 1941, Received on USS Oklahoma From Receiving Station Pearl Harbor
  Dec 07, 1941, Missing In Action
  Sep 08, 2017, Accounted for by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
  Sep 13, 2017, General Photos1
  Jan 25, 2018, Re-intern at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Navy Fleet Reserve Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for September 8, 2017.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wright was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Wright.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Wright's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for onSeptember 8, 2017 from World War II, was returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Navy Reserve Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright, 41, of Meadville, Missouri, will be buried January 25, 2018 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Chief Watertender Paul R. Wright, United States Navy, for distinguished heroism and intrepidity at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, during the attack by enemy Japanese forces on the United States Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. When the Battleship U.S.S. OKLAHOMA (BB-37) capsized, Chief Watertender Wright, entrapped in one of the ship's compartments with a number of the crew, courageously risked his life in assisting fifteen of the crew to escape through a submerged porthole.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin AT. 311 (February 1943)
Action Date: 7-Dec-41
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Watertender
Ship: U.S.S. Oklahoma (BB-37)

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