Hatfield, Hiram Delbert, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1944, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1928 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
McClain, OK
Last Address
Lemoore, 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. Lieutenant Junior Grade Hatfield was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service numbers: Enlisted - 3754535   Officer - 342401

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Harder (SS-257)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Citation: (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Hiram Delbert Hatfield, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving as Sounder Operator aboard the United States Submarine U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257) during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Duty Stations
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Harder (SS-257)
  1942-1942, RM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1944, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 15, 1943, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 15, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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