Thompson, Thomas Charles, EM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1943, EM-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
Service Years
1936 - 1943
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Akron, MI
Last Address
Rt2
Akron, MI
(Father~David Thompson)

Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
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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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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.
   
Comments/Citation
Not Specified
   

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
USS Triton (SS-201)
  1940-1943, EM-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS Triton (SS-201)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Cenotaph Headstone in Wisner Township Cemetery Michigan
  Oct 07, 1936, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Aug 15, 1940, Received on The USS Triton (SS-201)
  Nov 07, 1940, Agree to Extended enlistment
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to EM2
  Sep 07, 1942, Honorable Discharged
  Sep 08, 1942, Re-enlisted for 4 full years
  Dec 29, 2015, General Photos2
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
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