Ballinger, William Franklin, 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
1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1928 - 1944
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Last Address
Rosemead, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

USS Tang (SS-306) was on her fifth war patrol when she came upon a Japanese convoy. On the morning of 24 October 1944 she had sunk three ships when she fired her 24th and last torpedo. That torpedo turned to the left, making a circular turn. Tang tried to clear the path of the torpedo, but was struck by her own torpedo and sank. Nine men survived, and spent the war as Prisoners of War. Chief Torpedoman's Mate Ballinger was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 December 1945.

Service number: 3806306

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Torpedoman's Mate
Division: U.S.S. Tang (SS-306)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Torpedoman's Mate William F. Ballinger (NSN: 3806306), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as "Chief-of-the-Boat" in the U.S.S. TANG (SS-306), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 31 July 1944 to 3 September 1944. His exceptional skill and ability in maintaining a high degree of efficiency in the control room contributed directly to the success of his vessel in sinking five enemy ships totaling 22,500 tons and damaging an additional enemy ship of 4,000 tons; and, in a gun engagement, the severe damaging of a 100-ton patrol vessel. His efficiency and coolness contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy counterattacks, sometimes in very shallow waters. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonMare Island Naval ShipyardUSS Tunny (APSS-282/SS-282)
USS Silversides (SS-236)NAVSTA Mare Island, CAUSS Tang (SS-306)
  1939-1939, TM-0000, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1939-1940, TM-0000, USS Whitney (AD-4)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1942, TM-0000, USS R-6 (SS-83)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, USS O-6 (SS-67)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1942-1943, TM-0000, USS Tunny (APSS-282/SS-282)
  1943-1943, TM-0000, USS Silversides (SS-236)
  1943-1943, TM-0000, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
  1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 16, 1941, Promoted to CTM
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WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
World War II Fallen
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
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