Stambaugh, Paul Eugene, GM2c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, GM-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Plank Owner
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mechanicsburg, PA
Last Address
Dillsburg, PA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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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.

GM2 Stambaugh was killed in action and buried at sea by his shipmates.
   
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Service number: 6503339
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Corry (DD-463)
  1942-1944, GM-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Leader
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to GM3
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to GM2
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenD-Day FallenWWII Memorial National Registry
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, D-Day Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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