Stambaugh, Paul, 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
1944-1944, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE/Commander, Task Force 125 (CTF 125)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
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Plank Owner
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

United States Atlantic Command Badge NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesNational 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, 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
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLAdvancement Schools and CoursesUSS Corry (DD-463)
Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1941-1941, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1942-1942, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1942-1942, (GM) Gunners Mate A School
  1942-1944, USS Corry (DD-463)
  1944-1944, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE/Commander, Task Force 125 (CTF 125)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty/ West Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945/U-801
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                 FINAL DUTY ASSIGNMENT

                                     U.S.S. Corry (DD-463)

USS Corry (DD-463), a Gleaves-class destroyer, (also known as Bristol-class), was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Lieutenant Commander William M. Corry, Jr., an officer in the Navy during World War I and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Corry was launched 28 July 1941 by Charleston Navy Yard, sponsored by Miss Jean Constance Corry;[1] commissioned 18 December 1941, Lieutenant Commander E. C. Burchett in command; and reported to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.


Corry Battle Flag

One of the most stirring tales of D-Day is that to which the Secretary of the Navy has already referred, the tale of the USS Corry. ...while blasting enemy positions on Utah Beach, the Corry began to go under. But one man stayed aboard. He climbed the stern, removed the flag, and swam and scrambled to the main mast. There, he ran up the flag. And as he swam off, our flag opened into the breeze. In the Corry's destruction, there was no defeat. Today, the wreckage of that ship lies directly beneath us, an unseen monument to those who helped to win this great war. Thirteen of the Corry's crew rest there as well, and these waters are forever sanctified by their sacrifice.


Operation "Leader" - The Raid on Bodo, Norway

On October 4, 1943, as part of Operation "Leader" the USS Corry provided escort support for the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) battle group in the highly successful Allied air raid on the area around German-occupied Bodo, Norway. Bodo is a small coastal town located about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. After escorting the Ranger, the Corry had the additional job of moving closer toward land so as to rescue any American pilots that might not make it back all the way. German shipping and a radar-communications installation were destroyed by pilots from the Ranger.

German submarines, called untersee (undersea) boats or U-boats for short, wreaked havoc on shipping in the North Atlantic, sending many Allied vessels to the bottom, especially in the earlier years of the war. However, from mid-1943 onward, Hitler was losing a significant number of his U-boats every month. One of the USS Corry’s principal jobs as a destroyer was to attack and sink U-boats. 

On March 17, 1944, during hunter-killer patrol with the aircraft carrier USS Block Island (CVE-21), off northwest Africa near the Cape Verde Islands, the USS Corry's depth charges forced the German submarine U-801 to the surface where the sub was fired on and sunk by USS Corry and USS Bronstein (DE-189). This sinking was the result of a two-day pursuit that began with a strafing of U-801 by Block Island aircraft, an excellent example of the hunter-killer teams in action against Hitler's U-boats. Forty-seven U-801 survivors were taken as prisoners of war.

USS Corry picking up two U-boat survivors (arrows)
from U-801.   17
March 1944 


Just two days after the sinking of the U-801, on 19 March 1944, aircraft from the carrier USS Block Island sank the German submarine U-1059. USS Corry rescued eight survivors and took seven of them who were badly-wounded to Boston. The Corry also recovered one of two German torpedoes from the scene of the sinking and brought it to Boston for dissection by Allied war laboratories. The second torpedo was destroyed in the water by Corry gunfire.

USS Corry approaching U-1059 survivor area.   19 March 1944
Smoke flares dropped by
USS Block Island aircraft to mark area.

USS Corry (DD-463)
June 6, 1944
Utah Beach, Normandy, France

After leading the massive Allied invasion force across the English Channel to France, in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, off Utah Beach the destroyer USS Corry engaged in fierce combat with German artillery firing from the Normandy shore. A prime target at the front of the invasion force, the Corry drew sustained shelling for more than an hour while successfully evading major damage. Getting as close as 1,000 yards from the beach, she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous Nazi targets. As H-Hour neared (0630), when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, two Allied planes began generating smoke screens between the shore batteries and bombarding warships to conceal the ships from enemy fire. While other frontline destroyers and rear vessels were receiving smoke cover, the plane assigned to lay smoke for the Corry suddenly got shot down, leaving the Corry fully exposed to German gunners who were now firing at her in full fury. At just about H-Hour, while attempting to evade intense enemy fire, the Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. Men were thrown from their positions. Steam hissed and roared violently from behind the bridge. With her rudder jammed she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, the 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. One crewmember raised the American flag up the sinking Corry's main mast, which remained above the surface of the shallow 30-foot deep water when the ship settled on the bottom. The ship blast along with casualties suffered out in the water resulted in 24 crewmen giving their lives and at least 60 being wounded. For USS Corry survivors, the morning of June 6, 1944 was one harrowing experience they'd never forget.



  USS Corry (DD-463)


   USS Corry D-Day Flag

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