Petersen, Bernard John, CMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1941-1944, MM-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
MM-Machinists Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Verdel, NE
Last Address
Omaha, NE

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Logan Cemetery - Logan, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
F 9

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Charleston Navy Yard, SCUSS Corry (DD-463)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, Charleston Navy Yard, SC
  1941-1944, MM-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Leader
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 28, 1942, Promoted to F3c
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to F2c
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to F1c
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to MM2
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to MM1
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to CMM
  Nov 26, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity
Upon arriving off the coast of
Normandy, France, USS Corry (DD-463) headed for Iles Saint-Marcouf, her station for fire support on the front lines at Utah Beach. On D-Day morning 6 June 1944 she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous onshore targets. As H-Hour (0630) neared, when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, the plane assigned to lay smoke for Corry to conceal her from enemy fire was suddenly shot down, leaving Corry fully exposed to German gunners, who were now firing at her in full fury. At approximately H-Hour, during a duel with a shore battery, Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. With her rudder jammed, she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, Corry began sinking rapidly with her keel broken and a foot-wide crack across her main deck amidships. After the order to abandon ship, crewmembers fought to survive in bone-chilling water for more than two hours as they awaited rescue under constant enemy fire from German shore gunners. Of her crew, 24 were killed and 60 were wounded.

CMM Petersen was killed in action and buried in France. In 1948, his remains were returned to the United States for burial by his family.

Service number: 3167839

Note about rank: Although most sources list Bernard Petersen as an MM1, the muster rolls from the USS Corry (DD-463) show that he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer on June 1, 1944. To some, he may seem young to have attained such a rank, but I'm sure a more detailed look at his service record (if obtained) would provide a very good reason for his quick rise through the ranks.


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