Blackwell, Fermon Malachi, SSML3c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
SSML-0000-Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SSML-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
SSML-Ship's Serviceman Laundry

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kisatchie, LA
Last Address
Kisatchie, LA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
New Kisatchie Cemetery - Kisatchie, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed. Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Due to her top secret mission, she was not reported missing. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day, and continued for five days until the men were finally spotted in the water and rescued. Only 316 men survived.

SSML3 Blackwell was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 6455837
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1943-1945, SSML-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Oct 01, 1944, Promoted to SSML3
  Aug 02, 2015, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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