Bruce, Clifford Leslie, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1942-1943, MO-0000, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Service Years
1934 - 1943
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tulsa, OK
Last Address
2828 E. 2nd St
Tulsa. OK
(Wife~Nina Aline Bruce)

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1942-1943, MO-0000, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Service Number 616-26-15
  Jan 27, 1942, Re-enlisted
  Feb 24, 1942, Received from NTC Norfolk, VA to Naval Receiving Station Philadelphia, PA
  Mar 09, 1942, Transferred back to Naval Torpedo Station Newport, RI for duty
  Oct 01, 1942, Changed Rates from MM2c to MoMM2c
  Oct 05, 1942, Transferred to USS Silversides
  Jan 11, 1943, Transferred to USS Yahoo
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to MoMM1c
  Nov 01, 1943, Missing in Action
  Jan 07, 1946, Declared Dead
  Aug 31, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Seventh patrol and loss, September–October 1943
The Captain,  smarting from that last luckless patrol, asked to return to the Sea of Japan, and permission was granted. He elected to take a full load of the newly arrived Mark 18 electric torpedo rather than take the risk that further production runs of the Mark 14 steam torpedoes might still be defective. Wahoo got underway from Pearl Harbor, topped off fuel and supplies at Midway on 13 September, and headed for La Perouse Strait. The plan was to enter the Sea of Japan first, on or about 20 September, with Sawfish following by a few days. At sunset on 21 October, Wahoo was supposed to leave her assigned area, south of the 43rd parallel, and head for home. She was instructed to report by radio after she passed through the Kurils. Nothing further was ever heard from Wahoo.

On 25 September 1943 the Taiko Maru was torpedoed in the Sea of Japan; mistakenly credited to the USS Pompano (SS-181), it was apparently sunk by Wahoo.

On 5 October, the Japanese news agency Domei announced to the world that a steamer, the 8,000 long tons (8,100 t) Konron Maru, was sunk by an American submarine off the west coast of Honshū near Tsushima Strait, with the loss of 544 lives. The victims included two Japanese congressmen of House of Representatives, Choichi Kato and Keishiro Sukekawa. Postwar reckoning by JANAC showed Wahoo sank three other ships for 5,300 tons, making a patrol total of four ships of about 13,000 long tons. The sinking of Konron Maru enraged the Japanese navy, and the Maizuru Naval District ordered a 'search and destroy' operation for US submarines.

Japanese records also reported that on 11 October, the date Wahoo was due to exit through La Pérouse Strait in the morning, Wahoo was bombarded from Cape Sōya. An antisubmarine aircraft (accurately Jake) sighted a wake and an apparent oil slick from a submerged submarine. The Japanese initiated a combined air and sea attack with numerous bombs and depth charges throughout the day. Sawfish had been depth-charged by a patrol boat while transiting the strait two days before, and the enemy's antisubmarine forces were on the alert; their attacks fatally holed Wahoo, and she sank with all hands. She was declared overdue on 2 December 1943 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 December 1943.

After the loss of Wahoo, no US submarines ventured into the Sea of Japan until June 1945, when special mine-detecting equipment became available.
   
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