Rasimas, Algerd John, EMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1943, EM-0000, USS Argonaut (SS-166)
Service Years
1933 - 1943
EM-Electrician's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Louis
Last Address
271 Blythdale
San Francisco, California

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
Papua New Guinea
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1933, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
USS Argonaut (SS-166)
  1940-1943, EM-0000, USS Argonaut (SS-166)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Makin Raid
  1942-1943 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Argonaut arrived back in Pearl Harbor on 26 August 1942. Her hull classification symbol was changed from SM-1 to APS-1 (transport submarine) on 22 September. She was never formally designated SS-166, but that hull number was reserved for her.[2] Her base of operations was transferred to Brisbane, Queensland later in the year. In December, she departed Brisbane under Lieutenant Commander John R. Pierce to patrol the hazardous area between New Britain and Bougainville Island, south of the Bismarck Archipelago. On 2 January 1943, Argonaut sank the Japanese gunboat "Ebon Maru" in the Bismarck Sea.[13] On 10 January, Argonaut spotted a convoy of five freighters and their escorting destroyers ? Maikaze, Isokaze, and Hamakaze ? returning to Rabaul from Lae. By chance, an Army aircraft ? which was out of bombs ? was flying overhead and witnessed Argonaut's attack. A crewman onboard the plane saw one destroyer hit by a torpedo, and the destroyers promptly counterattacking. Argonaut's bow suddenly broke the water at an unusual angle. It was apparent that a depth charge had severely damaged the submarine. The destroyers continued circling Argonaut, pumping shells into her; she slipped below the waves and was never heard from again. 102 officers and men went down with her, the worst loss of life for a wartime submarine.[11] Her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 26 February.

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