Ballman, August Frederick, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service Years
1935 - 1943
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hoboken, NJ
Last Address
Mystic, CT

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

Commissioned into service in the summer of 1943, USS Dorado conducted shakedown and training operations off the New England region of northeastern United States. On 6 Oct 1943, she departed for the Panama Canal Zone for the ultimate destination of Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. On 12 Oct 1943, a US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft operating out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba detected an unidentified submarine and attacked her with three depth charges and one bomb; it was not clear whether the submarine was damaged; later in the patrol, the same aircraft encountered another submarine which fired on the aircraft. Later, an Allied convoy sailing through the region reported no contact with any friendly submarines. After Dorado had failed to arrive at the Panama Canal Zone on 14 Oct, air searches were launched, finding scattered oil slicks that later investigation found to be not of submarine fuel in nature. It was ultimately concluded that both of the submarine contacts that the US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft encountered on 12 Oct 1943 were indeed hostile (the second contact was later concluded to be German submarine U-214), and thus USS Dorado was most likely lost due to an accident or to a German naval mine.
 
ENS Ballman was among the crew listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service numbers:
Enlisted - 2232034
Officer - 201779
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Stingray (SS-186)USS Snapper (SS-185)Mare Island Naval ShipyardUSS Silversides (SS-236)
US NavyUSS Dorado (SS-248)
  1938-1941, TM-0000, USS Stingray (SS-186)
  1941-1941, TM-0000, USS Snapper (SS-185)
  1941-1941, TM-0000, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1941-1942, TM-0000, USS Silversides (SS-236)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, Submarine Division 101
  1942-1943, USS Dorado (SS-248)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Feb 16, 1939, Promoted to TM2
  Feb 16, 1940, Promoted to TM1
  May 15, 1943, Commissioned as Ensign
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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