Maxson, Willis E, III, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS Skate (SS-305)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wichita Falls, TX
Last Address
Wichita Falls, TX

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations
Submarine School Officers BasicUSS Skate (SS-305)
  1942-1942, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1943-1943, USS Skate (SS-305)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 USS SKATE (SS-305) 1st War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1939-1942, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 11, 1943, Birth of his daughter - Susan Diane Maxson
  Oct 09, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On her first war patrol, Skate was assigned to serve as a beacon during American carrier strikes at Wake Island and to rescue any downed aviators. In the first operation of its kind ever carried out, the Skate in three days rescued six U. S. Navy aviators who had been shot down during the air strikes. The submarine was under almost continuous bombardment by shore artillery and was frequently subjected to strafing by enemy aircraft. On October 6th, in the process of one of the rescues, Skate's assistant O.O.D., Lieutenant (jg) Willis E. Maxon III, was strafed while actively assisting in searching for survivors. He died aboard the submarine two days later. On October 7th she rescued two aviators who had been shot down close inshore. They were Lieutenant Harold J. Kicker and Ensign Murray H. Tyler. They became the first two aviators rescued by the Lifeguard League. During the course of World War II, Tyler would be pulled out of the sea three times by American submarines. On October 8th, they rescued a pilot who had been in the water for two days. The same day, three more aviators were saved.

Navy Cross Click on the Navy Cross RIbbon in the ribbon bar for the citation for this award of valor.

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