Henderson, Richie Neale, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Service Years
1936 - 1943
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
4704 N Chelsea Lane
Bethesda, MD

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

Japanese records reported that on 11 October, 1943 the date USS Wahoo (SS-238) was due to exit through La PĂ©rouse 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 fatally holed Wahoo, and she sank with all hands. She was declared overdue on 2 December 1943 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 December 1943.
 
LT Henderson was a member of the crew. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 085127

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238)
General Orders: Board Serial 0559 (March 27, 1944)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Richie Neale Henderson (NSN: 0-85127), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of duty and in a position of great responsibility while serving on the U.S.S. WAHOO (SS-238), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy patrolled waters from 9 September to 11 October 1943. He assisted his Commanding Officer in penetrating dangerous, confined and patrolled enemy waters where he contributed to the known destruction of one important enemy vessel. Other damage inflicted upon the enemy by his submarine in this area is unknown since his vessel failed to return from this patrol and it is presumed that he gave his life for his country. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Silver Star
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01633 (May 6, 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Rank: Lieutenant
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Richie Neale Henderson (NSN: 0-85127), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Torpedo and Diving Officer of the U.S.S. WAHOO (SS-238), during aggressive and highly successful War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His careful and efficient maintenance of the torpedoes directly contributed to his vessel's success in delivering successful torpedo and gun attacks against heavily escorted task forces and convoys, which resulted in the sinking of over 93,000 tons and the damaging of over 30,000 tons of shipping and combatant units. His calmness, judgment, fearlessness, and steadiness were an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
USS Mississippi (BB-41)USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1940-1942, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1942-1943, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1943-1943 USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 06, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Apr 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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