Brooks, William Jeremiah, CMoMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Flier (SS-250)
Service Years
1927 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Poquonnock Bridge CT
Last Address
23 St Paul Court
Poquonock Bridge, CT
(Wife - Esther Lena Brooks)

Casualty Date
Aug 13, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, World War II Fallen
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations
USS Pollack (SS-180)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Flier (SS-250)
  1937-1940, MM-0000, USS Pollack (SS-180)
  1940-1943, MO-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Flier (SS-250)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1944 World War II
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Number
  Promoted to CMoM About 1942
  Feb 16, 1940, Promoted to MM1c
  Jun 26, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Second war patrol
Flier put in to Fremantle, Australia, to refit between 5 July and 2 August 1944, then sailed on her second war patrol, bound for the coast of Indochina via the Lombok Strait, Macassar Strait and Balabac Strait. At about 2200 on 12 August, while transiting Balabac Strait on the surface, she struck a naval mine. She sank in about a minute, but 14 officers and men were able to clamber out. Eight of them reached the beach of Mantangula Island after 17 hours in the water. Friendly natives guided them to a coast-watcher, who arranged for them to be picked up by submarine, and on the night of 30–31 August, they were taken on board by Redfin.

Flier received one battle star for World War II service on her single war patrol, designated "successful." She is credited with having sunk 10,380 tons of Japanese shipping. See also List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II.
Wreck & Final Resting Place
On 1 February 2009, the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of Flier near the Philippines' Balabac Strait (7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″ECoordinates: 7°58′43.21″N 117°15′23.79″E[7]). The discovery of a Gato-class submarine was made during an expedition by YAP Films, based in part on information provided by a survivor of the sinking of Flier. Further research by the Naval History and Heritage Command revealed that no other submarine, American or Japanese, had been reported lost in that general vicinity. In addition, footage of the wreck showed a gun mount and radar antenna, both of which were similar to the same equipment seen in contemporary photographs of Flier. The ship rests in 330 ft (100 m) of water.
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