Lockhart, Raymond, WT1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
WT-Water Tender

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Year of Birth
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Home Town
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Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jul 23, 1944
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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Last Known Activity
Raymond Lockhart - WT1c"
July 23, 1944 Casualty  
Raymond Lockhart was part of the USS Bush commissioning crew, reporting aboard with a rating of Fireman 1st Class. Lockhart was one of five USS Bush sailors to be killed during gunnery exercises when a 5-inch shell unexpectedly exploded after exiting the #3 5-inch gun on July 23, 1944 in the Hawaiian Islands. He'd just recently been promoted to Water Tender 1st Class.

The day prior to his death, Lockhart had written a quick letter to his wife, Marie, thanking her for a new billfold he'd received from her as a gift. His letter also reassured his wife who'd just changed jobs. He wrote, "If you just save the allotment check, I'll save the rest on my end. Making First Class will just fill in what you lost by changing jobs." Signed "Oodles of love, Ray" the letter reached Marie after news of his death. 


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Raymond Lockhart is buried in Golden Gate cemetery in California. In 1947, Marie received Ray's World War II Victory Medal from the Navy. When Marie died, more than 60 years after Ray, she was buried with him. Ray& MarieLockhart - WT1c
Ray and Marie Lockhart
Raymond Lockhart - WT1c
Ray's WWII Victory Medal


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RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Advancement Schools and CoursesUS Navy
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  1942-1943, (MM) Machinist's Mate A School
  1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
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  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
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