LeComte, Charles Frederick, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1944, 210X, USS Canopus (AS-9)
Service Years
1936 - 1945
Medical Corps
Lieutenant

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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Long Beach, CA
Last Address
3011 E. 2nd St
Long Beach, CA
(Wife~Mary Darling Le Comte)

Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Illness, Disease
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E Row 4 Grave 25

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 Duty Stations
USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1940-1944, 210X, USS Canopus (AS-9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-MadisonUniversity of Oregon
  1925-1929, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  1929-1932, University of Oregon
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Listed as Passed Assistant Surgeon
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted LT
  Feb 03, 2017, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Charles F. Le Comte was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship's holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. On January 12th, the dead were removed from the ship's holds and buried in a mass grave on Formosa. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru which sailed on January 13th and reached Japan on January 29, 1945. He was sent to Fukuoka #3 where he died.
   
Comments/Citation
 

 
Name of Award
Legion of Merit
Year Awarded
1945
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Charles F. Lecomte (NSN: 0-77376), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during World War II.
General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant

 
Name of Award
Prisoner of War Medal
Year Awarded
1945
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

Lieutenant Charles F. Lecomte (NSN: 0-77376), United States Navy, a former crewman of the U.S.S. CANOPUS (AS-9), was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while in captivity, on or about 25 January 1945.
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - January 25, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands and Japan)

 
   
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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
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