Bathgate, Walter Kent Wilson, CTM

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Last Rank
Chief Torpedoman
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, TM-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
Service Years
1935 - 1943
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ocean Grove, NJ
Last Address
5 Glen Rd
Rutherford, NJ
(Wife~Helen Mary Batezel)

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

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

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS S-44 (SS-155)USS Grampus (SS-207)
  1938-1941, TM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
  1942-1943, TM-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Sinking of the USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 23, 1935, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 223-24-74
  Jun 02, 1938, Received on the USS S-44
  Sep 22, 1939, Honorable Discharged at US Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone
  Sep 23, 1939, Re-enlisted onboard for four full years on S-44 as TM3c
  May 16, 1940, Promoted to TM2c
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to TM1c
  Mar 29, 1941, Transferred to Submarine Base New London, CT FFT to USS Grampus for Duty
  May 23, 1941, Received on USS Grampus
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to CTM
  Mar 08, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In company with USS Grayback, USS Grampus departed Brisbane on 11 February 1943, for her sixth war patrol from which she failed to return; the manner of her loss still remains a mystery. Japanese seaplanes reported sinking a submarine on 18 February in Grampus' patrol area, but Grayback reported seeing Grampus in that same area 4 March. On 5 March 1943, the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame conducted an attack preceding the Battle of Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara island. A heavy oil slick was sighted there the following day, indicating that Grampus may have been lost there in a night attack or gun battle against the destroyers. The Japanese destroyers had by then already been sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

When repeated attempts failed to contact Grampus, the submarine was declared missing and presumed lost with all hands. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 June 1943.
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