Hale, Donald Eugene, S1c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1943-1943, S1c-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Project City, CA
Last Address
Box 896
Project City, CA
(Parents~Mr&Mrs Elmo Hale)

Casualty Date
Apr 09, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Cause
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Triton (SS-201)
  1943-1943, S1c-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS Triton (SS-201)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

From USS Nautlis Organization:

On 16 February 1943, USS TRITON (SS-201) departed Brisbane, Australia, on her sixth war patrol. Her assigned area: the waters around Papua New Guinea.

On 6 March, after sinking the Japanese cargo vessel Kiriha Maru, the boat was forced deep when one of her torpedoes made a circular run. For the next nine days she contended with a variety of enemy ships and believed that at least five of the eight torpedoes she expended hit their mark. On 15 March, USS TRIGGER (SS-237), which was operating in an area near TRITON, reported that she had experienced heavy depth charging after attacking a convoy. The attacks continued in the distance for an hour after they stopped in TRIGGER’s vicinity.

Several weeks later a welcoming committee—complete with a band, fresh fruit, and ice cream—gathered on the pier and waited for TRITON to appear as scheduled. She never did. She was reported overdue and presumed lost on 10 April. The cause of her sinking has been in dispute ever since. Japanese records examined after the war’s end indicate that three Japanese destroyers attacked a sub in TRITON’s general area on 15 March. Sailors aboard the ships subsequently observed an oil slick and debris with words in English. Although this sub could have been TRITON, others argue that she may have been lost to a second circular-running torpedo like the one she dealt with on 6 March; two other American submarines, USS TULLIBEE (SS-284) and USS TANG (SS-306) suffered that fate in 1944.

Regardless of what happened, TRITON, the recipient of five battle stars for her wartime service, took 74 men to the bottom with her.

   
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