Hansen, Sylvester Willard, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1945-1945, WT-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1939 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
WT-Water Tender
One Hash Mark

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Balsma Lake
Last Address
Balsma Lake

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Okinawa
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesThe National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1943, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Professional Schools and CoursesUS NavyUSS Kidd (DD-661)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1939-1939, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1939-1939, WT-0000, (MM) Machinist's Mate A School
  1940-1942, WT-0000, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1942-1943, WT-0000, USS Ludlow (DD-438)
  1943-1945, WT-0000, USS Kidd (DD-661)
  1945-1945, WT-0000, CTF 58
  1945-1945, WT-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor1
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


                                    USS Kidd (DD-661)

            


Kidd sailed 19 February 1945, to join Task Force 58 (TF 58) for the invasion of Okinawa. Trained and battlewise, Kidd played a key role during the first days of the Okinawa campaign, screening battleships, bombarding key targets ashore, rescuing downed pilots, sinking floating mines, providing early warning of raids, guarding heavily damaged Franklin (CV-13), and shooting down kamikazes.

While on picket station 11 April 1945, Kidd and her division mates, USS Black, USS Bullard, and USS Chauncey, with the help of Combat Air Patrol, repelled three air raids. That afternoon a single enemy plane crashed into Kidd, killing 38 men and wounding 55. As the destroyer headed south to rejoin the task group, her effective fire drove off enemy planes trying to finish her.

   
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