Bull, Calvin Arthur, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, RM-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield, NE
Last Address
Springfield, NE
(Parent~Arthur & Marie Bull

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Voss Mohr Cemetery - Chalco, Nebraska
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 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations
USS Harder (SS-257)
  1943-1944, RM-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS HARDER (SS-257) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 20, 1942, Service Entry Date & Serial Number
  Jul 26, 1943, Checked on Board USS Harder
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to RM2c
  Oct 02, 1945, Declared Dead
  Oct 13, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 5 August 1944, HARDER stood out from Fremantle, Australia, along with USS HAKE (SS-256) and USS HADDO (SS-255). Two weeks later, passing into the South China Sea, they joined up with USS RAY (SS-271), USS GUITARRO (SS-363), and USS RATON (SS-270) in a wolfpack that cost the Japanese four cargo ships. The next day HARDER and HADDO were at it again, sending three coastal defense vessels and two frigates to the bottom. After crippling an enemy destroyer with her final torpedo, HADDO left HARDER and HAKE on their own to head to Biak, an island north of Papua, to take on additional supplies and weaponry.

Dawn on 24 August 1944 found the two subs prowling the waters around Hermana Mayor Island, which lies off the Philippine island of Luzon. Just before six in the morning they sighted what was later identified as the Japanese vessel PB-102 and its escort. (PB-102 was actually USS STEWART (DD-224), an American destroyer that the Japanese had raised from a sunken dry dock in Surabaya, Indonesia, overhauled, and commissioned as their own.) PB-102 entered nearby Dasol Bay; the escort remained outside the harbor, pinging for subs. Then the escort swung in HAKE’s direction. “Figured he had contacted us so started deep and rigged ship for silent running,” HAKE’s commanding officer wrote in his patrol report. “He kept pinging in our direction…. He apparently had two targets and couldn’t decide what the score was.” The other target was, of course, HARDER. At around 1730 HAKE heard the enemy escort drop fifteen depth charges in quick succession, none of which was close by. Unfortunately, the charges were close to HARDER. Though HAKE didn’t know it at the time, her sister sub had gone down. HAKE’s C.O. noted in confusion that the escort “made no more drops although he seemed to have us fairly well located.” In all probability the Japanese Sailors were, in the words of a report examined after the war, too busy watching “oil, wood chips, and cork” rise to the surface above HARDER’s grave to go after HAKE.

Thus ended HARDER’s incredible run as one of the war’s most successful submarines; seventy-nine men remain on eternal patrol with her. The boat received six battle stars for her service, as well as the Presidential Unit Citation.
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