Paquet, Freeman, Jr., GM1c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1937 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Milford, CT
Last Address
351 Springs Rd
Vallejo, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
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

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Gunner's Mate First Class Paquet was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service number: 2071961

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Harder (SS-257):
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate First Class Freeman Paquet, Jr. (NSN: 2071961), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 29 March 1944 to 20 April 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Pacific Area. On 1 April 1944, during that war patrol, Gunner's Mate First Class Paquet served as a member of a volunteer rescue team dispatched from the HARDER to an enemy held island to rescue a naval aviator whose plane had been shot down. Although fully aware that unforeseen circumstance might result in the forced abandonment of the entire party, Gunner's Mate First Class Paquet courageously fought his way through the breakers and a coral reef despite dangerous hostile sniper fire and locating the exhausted aviator, succeeded in bringing him back to Harder. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Tuna (SS-203)USS Harder (SS-257)
  1940-1943, GM-0000, USS William B. Preston (AVD-7)
  1943-1944, GM-0000, USS Tuna (SS-203)
  1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to GM3
  Feb 01, 1942, Promoted to GM2
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to GM1
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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