Baldwin, Raymond William, WT2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1939-1943, WT-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
WT-Water Tender

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

WT2 Baldwin was stationed aboard the USS Helena (CL-50). The ship was sunk during the Battle of Kula Gulf on Juky 6, 1943. His body was not recovered and he was later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 2235193

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces afloat in the Solomon Islands - New Georgia Areas. Gallantly carrying the fight to the enemy, the USS HELENA opened the night Battle of Cape Esperance on 11-12 October 1942 boldly sending her fire into the force of enemy warships, sinking a hostile destroyer and holding to a minimum the damage to our destroyers in the rear of the Task Force. She engaged at close quarters a superior force of hostile combatant ships in the Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of 12-13 November 1942, rallying our own forces after the Flag Ship had been disabled and contributing to the enemy's defeat. In her final engagement in the pre-dawn battle of 5-6 July 1943, the HELENA valiantly sailed down the restricted and submarine-infested waters of Kula Gulf under the terrific torpedo and gun fire of the enemy to bombard Kolombangara and New Georgia while covering the landing of our troops at Rice Anchorage, and twenty-four hours later, her blazing guns aided in the destruction of a vastly superior enemy naval force before she was fatally struck by Japanese torpedos. Her brave record of combat achievement is evidence of the HELENA'S intrepidity and the heroic fighting spirit of her officers and men.
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Helena (CL-50)
  1939-1943, WT-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
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  May 16, 1940, Promoted to F2c
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to F1c
  Nov 01, 1941, Promoted to WT2
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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