Elder, James Edward, Y2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Flier (SS-250)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ottawa, KS
Last Address
Ottawa, KS

Casualty Date
Aug 08, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Flier (SS-250) was on her second war patrol when she was rocked by a great explosion while traveling through the Balabac Strait. She sank in one minute and all but 13 officers and men were lost with the boat. Yeoman Second Class Elder was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 19 January 1946.

Service number: 3425765

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units during her Fourth War Patrol in the Celebes and Sulu Seas from April 30 to June 21, 1944. Operating in bold defiance of persistent and severe hostile counter measures, the USS Puffer daringly struck at heavily escorted Japanese convoys. Going in despite relentless opposition, she penetrated the enemy's formidable screens to press home her attacks, launching her torpedoes with devastating speed and precision to sink numerous valuable units of the Japanese Fleet. Skillfully handled by her valiant officers and men, she withstood merciless depth charges and repeatedly returned to deliver crushing blows to the enemy's vital life lines of supply. Her gallant fighting spirit and intrepid devotion to duty were exemplified in an outstanding combat record in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Puffer (SS-268)USS Flier (SS-250)
  1942-1943, YN-0000, USS Semmes (AG-24)
  1943-1944, YN-0000, USS Falcon (ASR-2)
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Puffer (SS-268)
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Flier (SS-250)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
United States Navy Memorial
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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