Carr, William John, GMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Service Years
1933 - 1943
GM-Gunner's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven, CT
Last Address
5429 2nd Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(Wife~Kathleen Carr)

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Mississippi (BB-41)US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1933-1939, GM-0000, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1939-1941, GM-0000, USS Sims (DD-409)
  1941-1942, GM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 17, 1932, Received on The USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  Apr 26, 1933, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Apr 18, 1939, Honorably Discharged at Portsmouth, VA
  Apr 19, 1939, Re-enlisted for 4 full years
  Apr 19, 1939, Transfer from USS Mississippi for training and new ship
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to GM1
  May 15, 1942, Received on The USS Wahoo
  May 15, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  Jul 17, 1943, Honorable Discharged (end of enlistment)
  Jul 18, 1943, Re-enlisted for 4 full years
  Jan 03, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Seventh patrol, September–October 1943
Morton, smarting from that last luckless patrol, asked to return to the Sea of Japan, and permission was granted. He elected to take a full load of the newly arrived Mark 18 electric torpedo rather than take the risk that further production runs of the Mark 14 steam torpedoes might still be defective. Wahoo got underway from Pearl Harbor, topped off fuel and supplies at Midway on 13 September, and headed for La Perouse Strait. The plan was to enter the Sea of Japan first, on or about 20 September, with Sawfish following by a few days. At sunset on 21 October, Wahoo was supposed to leave her assigned area, south of the 43rd parallel, and head for home. She was instructed to report by radio after she passed through the Kurils. Nothing further was ever heard from Wahoo.

On 25 September 1943 the "Taiko Maru" was torpedoed in the Sea of Japan; mistakenly credited to the USS Pompano (SS-181) it was apparently sunk by the "Wahoo"

On 5 October, the Japanese news agency Domei announced to the world that a steamer, the 8,000 long tons (8,100 t) Konron Maru, was sunk by an American submarine off the west coast of Honshū near Tsushima Strait, with the loss of 544 lives. Postwar reckoning by JANAC showed Wahoo sank three other ships for 5,300 tons, making a patrol total of four ships of about 13,000 long tons (13,000 t). Japanese records also reported, that on 11 October, the date Wahoo was due to exit through La Perouse Strait, an antisubmarine aircraft sighted a wake and an apparent oil slick from a submerged submarine. The Japanese initiated a combined air and sea attack with numerous depth charges throughout the day. Sawfish had been depth-charged by a patrol boat while transiting the strait two days before, and the enemy's antisubmarine forces were on the alert; their attacks apparently fatally holed Wahoo, and she sank with all hands. Despite the assertions of Commander O'Kane, it is unlikely she was the victim of a circular run by one of her own torpedoes. Other speculation in some texts suggests that she may have struck a mine. She was declared overdue on 2 December 1943 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 December 1943. A list of all those lost with her can be seen here .

The loss of Wahoo caused profound shock in the submarine force. All further forays into the Sea of Japan ceased, and it was not breached again until June 1945, when special mine detecting equipment became available.

Wahoo earned six battle stars for World War II service
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