Sholar, Henry Lewis, 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
1944-1945, F1c-0000, USS Bache (DD-470)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Fireman 1st Class

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Contact Info
Home Town
Dover, TN
Last Address
Clarksville, TN

Date of Passing
Apr 16, 1996
Location of Interment
Resthaven Memorial Gardens - Clarksville, Tennessee
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Not Specified

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US NavyUSS Bache (DD-470)
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Gen R.L. Howze (AP-134)
  1944-1945, F1c-0000, USS Bache (DD-470)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 01, 1945, Promoted to F2c
  Jul 01, 1945, Promoted to F1c
  Apr 21, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

Henry saw military service during WWII in the US Navy as a Fireman 1c, serving aboard the destroyer USS Bache DD 470 in the South Pacific. While on board, The Bache was attacked by a "kamikaze"off the coast of Okinawa on Mother's Day, May 13th, 1945 Casualties were 42 killed, 14 missing, and 32 wounded. He was one of the wounded. He was badly injured by shrapnel in the left leg and for his wounds received in combat, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Henry also received the Silver Star for his bravery during combat. While the Bache was under heavy Japanese attack and was severely crippled due to enemy action, Seaman Sholar, wounded, and another sailor stayed with their duties and were able to keep the boilers functioning and the ship under power. In doing so, the Bache was able to maintain it's fighting capabilities. By the time Henry recovered from his wounds the war was over.

An interesting fact is that while Henry Sholar was at sea off the coast of Okinawa doing his part in the war, his brother, Judd, went ashore in the second wave of the attacking force for the Battle of Okinawa.

In civilian life, Henry made his career as a pipe fitter working with boilers and did so all of his life. This is also what he did aboard ship in the Navy. Information on this story comes from his son, Gene Sholar, as well as US Naval sources.
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Service number: 9665681

Rank/NEC note: Many sources have Henry Sholar list as a Seaman 1c; however, the last Navy muster rolls on which he appears list him as a Fireman 1c.
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