Sachs, Benjamin, CY

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Chief Petty Officer
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1942-1943, YN-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Service Years
1930 - 1943
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Born: Poland. Home of record: Philadelphia
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Born: November 10, 1911 at Stawiski, Poland
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buried at sea November 1943.

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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  1930, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
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US Navy
  1942-1943, YN-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
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  Sachs, Benjamin, Chief Yeoman, USN.
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Navy Cross
Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Chief Yeoman Benjamin Sachs, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the Escort Carrier U.S.S. LISCOME BAY (CVE-56), in action against the enemy when that vessel was sunk near Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands on 24 November 1943. When the U.S.S. LISCOME BAY was struck by a torpedo, Chief Yeoman Sachs observed an officer lying prone on the deck and partially covered with debris. Disregarding his own safety, he removed the debris, revived his shipmate and led the way through the only possible escape route. Then he fastened a life preserver to the officer's body and assisted him over the side. The conduct of Chief Yeoman Sachs throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 329 (August 1944)
Action Date: 24-Nov-43
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Yeoman
Division: U.S.S. Liscome Bay (CVE-56)

USS LISCOME BAY was laid down 9 December 1942 by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract; launched 19 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Ben Moreell; named LISCOME BAY 28 June 1943; redesignated CVE 56 15 July 1943; acquired by the Navy and commissioned 7 August 1943, Capt. I. D. Wiltsie in command.

After training operations along the west coast, LISCOME BAY departed San Diego 21 October 1943 and arrived Pearl Harbor, 1 week later. Having completed additional drills and operational exercises, the escort carrier set forth upon what was to be her first and last battle mission. As a unit of CarDiv 24, she departed Pearl Harbor 10 November attached to TF 52, Northern Attack Force, under Rear Adm. Richard K. Turner, bound for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

The invasion bombardment announcing America's first major thrust into the central Pacific began 20 November at 0500, and 76 battle-filled hours later, Tarawa and Makin Islands were captured. LISCOME BAY's aircraft played their part well in the 2,278 action sorties provided by carrier based planes which neutralized enemy airbases, supported landings and ground operations in powerful bombing-strafing missions, and intercepted enemy raids. With the islands secured, the U.S. forces began a retirement.

On 23 November, the Japanese submarine I-175 arrived off Makin. The temporary task group built around Rear Adm. H. M. Mullinnix's three escorts, LISCOME BAY, CORAL SEA (CVE 57) and CORREGIDOR (CVE 58) commanded by Rear Adm. Robert M. Griffin in NEW MEXICO (BB 40) was steaming 20 miles southwest of Butaritari Island at 15 knots. At 0430, 24 November, reveille was made in LISCOME BAY. The ship went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews prepared their planes for dawn launchings. There was no warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a lookout shouted: " . . . here comes a torpedo!" The missile struck abaft the after engineroom an instant later with a shattering roar. A second major detonation closely followed the first, the entire interior burst into flames. At 0533, LISCOME BAY listed to starboard and sank, carrying Admiral Mullinix, Captain Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591 enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew were rescued.

LISCOME BAY received one battle star for World War II service.
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