Dial, Nathaniel Minter, LT

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1945, Japan, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1932 - 1945

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Laurens, SC
Last Address
325 Claremont Ave
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1945
Hostile, Died while Captured
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34 1328

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Film & Book - The Last Ring Home posted by Dial, Minter, II  -Family 
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
USS Arizona (BB-39)US NavyPrisoner of War
  1932-1934, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1934-1934, USS Gilmer (DD-233)
  1934-1937, USS Brooks (DD-232)
  1938-1938, USS Medusa (AR-1)
  1938-1939, 3rd Naval District
  1941-1942, USS Napa (AT-32)
  1942-1942, 16th Naval District
  1942-1945, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1928-1932, United States Naval Academy2
  1939-1941, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 02, 1932, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 02, 1935, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 26, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 22, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

When the war broke out, LT Dial was commanding officer of the USS Napa (AT-32). He was in charge of the Napa up until fuel ran out (March 1942). During that time, the Napa was assigned to net laying and maintenance activities in Mariveles and Manila Bays. From March to May 1942, Lt Dial served as Secretary to Captain Kenneth Hoeffel, of the 16th Naval District, and the senior naval officer on Corregidor. May 6 1942, when the forces on Corregidor surrendered, Lt Dial became a POW along with another 12,500 US forces.

At first, LT Dial was help in a POW camp in the Philippines. In late 1944, he and many other prisoners were put aboard the Japanese ship Enoura Maru. On Januray 1, 1945, while the ship was docked in Formosa, it was attacked by US forces. Lt Dial was killed during that attack. He was first buried in the Philippines. In 1949, his remains were returned to his family for burial.

Note about rank: Although the Navy Cross citation has Nathaniel Dial as a Lieutenant Commander, there are no documents supoorting the fact he ever achieved that rank. All other documents have him listed as Lieutenant.


Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Minter Dial (NSN: 0-27906), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Tug U.S.S. NAPA (AT-32), in combat with the enemy during the period 7 December 1941 to 18 March 1942. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Lieutenant Commander Dial directed the anti-aircraft batteries of his ship and conducted operations of strategic importance involving hazardous missions such as to bring great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service.
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

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