Houghton, Wilbur Seth, TM1c

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Last Rank
Torpedoman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jameson, MO
Last Address
Merino, CO

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Sea of Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

The USS Bonefish (SS-223) was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18, 1945. Captured Japanese records indicate that a Japanese vessel was sunk on June 19th and that during an intense counterattack a submarine was sunk with all hands. It is presumed that this was the USS Bonefish. Torpedomans Mate 1st Class Houghton was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3722077

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action during the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth War Patrols in enemy Japanese-controlled areas of the Pacific. Harassed continually and several times bombed by watchful and aggressive enemy aircraft, the USS Bonefish boldly penetrated the most forward combat areas to effect wide coverage of her assigned sectors and strike fiercely at important Japanese surface targets. Consistently ready for combat under the superb handling of her gallant officers and men, she defied heavy escort screens; she developed her contacts with determined aggressiveness and launched gunfire and torpedo attacks despite the severest hostile countermeasures to sink or damage many ships vital to the enemy's continued persecution of the war. In addition to her valiant combat achievements, the Bonefish rendered splendid lifeguard services during air strikes against hostile territory, effecting the rescue of two friendly pilots. Her outstanding record of success under the hazards and difficulties of prolonged patrols reflects the highest credit upon the Bonefish, her courageous, fighting ship's company and the United States Naval Service.
   
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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
US NavySchool Assignments - StaffNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Pompon (SS-267)
USS Puffer (SS-268)USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Monssen (DD-436)
  1941-1941, TM-0000, (TM) Torpedomans Mate A School
  1941-1942, TM-0000, USS Monssen (DD-436)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1943, TM-0000, Navy Liaison Manitowoc Ship Building, Manitowoc WI
  1943-1943, TM-0000, USS Pompon (SS-267)
  1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Puffer (SS-268)
  1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 7th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 8th War Patrol
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Mar 12, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Dec 01, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to TM3
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to TM2
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to TM1
  Nov 04, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
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