Rector, Darrel Dean, GM3c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chautauqua, KS
Last Address
Chautauqua, KS

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

USS Tang (SS-306) was on her fifth war patrol when she came upon a Japanese convoy. On the morning of 24 October 1944 she had sunk three ships when she fired her 24th and last torpedo. That torpedo turned to the left, making a circular turn. Tang tried to clear the path of the torpedo, but was struck by her own torpedo and sank. Nine men survived, and spent the war as Prisoners of War. Gunner's Mate Third Class Rector was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 December 1945.


Service number: 6280085

Submarine war patrols:
USS Seadragon (SS-194) - 4th through 7th
USS Tang (SS-306) - 3rd through 5th
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Holland (AS-3)USS Sea Dragon (SS-194)USS Tang (SS-306)
  1941-1941, AS-0000, NAVSTA San Pedro
  1941-1941, AS-0000, USS Sepulga (AO-20)
  1941-1941, AS-0000, USS Pigeon (AM-47)
  1941-1941, AS-0000, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1941-1941, AS-0000, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1941-1942, AS-0000, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1942-1943, S1c-0000, USS Sea Dragon (SS-194)
  1944-1944, GM-0000, Submarine Division 44
  1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 22, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Sep 11, 1942, First submariner to have operation on submerged sub
  Jan 28, 1943, Emergency Operation in Sub - news report1
  Sep 01, 1943, Promote to GM3
  Dec 16, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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