Gearhart, James Evans, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sophia, WVA
Last Address
Sophia, WVA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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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.

S2c Gearhart was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 5526004
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Ranger (CV-4)USS Corry (DD-463)
  1942-1943, S2c-0000, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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
 
  May 24, 1942, Promoted to S2c
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World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryD-Day FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, D-Day Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
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