Helferich, Thomas Philip, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
Service Years
1939 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Dodge, IA
Last Address
Rockwell City, IA

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

USS Bullhead (SS-332) began her third and final patrol on 31 July 1945. The last contact with the boat was on 2 August. Post war Japanese records show that a plane depth charged and presumably sunk an American Submarine on 6 August, the same day the Atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Chief Motor Machinist's Mate Helferich was listed as Missing in Action and officially declared dead 23 August 1946.

Service number: 3212959

This Military Service Page was created byBersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Helferich, Thomas Philip, CPO. 

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS S-38 (SS-143)USS S-37 (SS-142)USS Bonefish (SS-223)
USS Bluefish (SS-222)Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)USS Bullhead (SS-332)
  1939-1939, AS-0000, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1939-1940, MO-0000, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1940-1942, MO-0000, USS S-38 (SS-143)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, USS S-45 (SS-156)
  1942-1943, MO-0000, USS S-37 (SS-142)
  1943-1943, MO-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1944-1944, MO-0000, USS Mount Vernon (AP-22)
  1944-1944, MO-0000, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 USS Bullhead (SS-331)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to F1c
  Jun 25, 1942, Promoted to MoMM2
  Jan 01, 1945, Promoted to CMoMM
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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