Flaherty, William Andrew, Jr., QMC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
QM-0000-Quartermaster
Last Rating/NEC Group
Quartermaster
Primary Unit
1942-1944, QM-0000, USS Scorpion (SS-278)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
QM-Quartermaster
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Albans
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
USS Scorpion (SS-278)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
USS Scorpion (SS-278)
  1942-1944, QM-0000, USS Scorpion (SS-278)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Scorpion (SS-278)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On the morning of 5 January, Scorpion reported that one of her crew had sustained a fracture of the upper arm and requested a rendezvous with Herring (SS-233) which was returning from patrol and was near her. The rendezvous was accomplished on that afternoon but heavy seas prevented the transfer. "Scorpion reports case under control." Scorpion was never seen or heard from again after her departure from that rendezvous. On 16 February 1944, Steelhead (SS-280) and Scorpion were warned that they were close together, and that an enemy submarine was in the vicinity.

No Japanese information indicates that the loss of the Scorpion was the result of enemy anti-submarine tactics. There were, however, several naval mine lines across the entrance to the Yellow Sea. The presence of these mine lines and the "restricted area" bounding them was discovered from captured Japanese Notices to Mariners at a much later date. In the meantime several submarines had made patrols in this area, crossing and recrossing the mine lines without incident, and coming safely home. It is probable that these mine lines were very thin, offering only about a 10 percent threat to submarines at maximum, and steadily decreasing in effectiveness with the passage of time. Scorpion was lost soon after these mines were laid, at a time when they were the greatest threat. She could have been an operational casualty, but her area consisted of water shallow enough so that it might be expected that some men would have survived. Since there are no known survivors, the most reasonable assumption is that she hit a mine.
   
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