HOFFMAN, Kenneth, CM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
CM-0000-Carpenters Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Carpenters Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1945, CM-0000, USS Barnett (AP-11)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
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Order of the Rock
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CM-Carpenters Mate
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Contact Info
Home Town
Storm Lake, Iowa
Last Address
Spencer, Iowa

Date of Passing
Feb 27, 2009
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Post 3159, Clay County PostPost 1
  1950, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 3159, Clay County Post (Member) (Spencer, Iowa) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1950, American Legion, Post 1 (Member) (Spencer, Iowa) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Kenneth LeRoy Hoffman
Carpenter's Mate 1c

April 09, 1917 - February 27, 2009

Ken enlisted in the Navy on August 13, 1941, serving during World War II on the USS Barnett as a carpenters mate. Ken received his boot training at Great Lakes, Illinois. His petty officer rating came the hard way -through active combat service- as he did not attend a navy service school. He served in both oceans and saw special action at Guadalcanal, Sicily and Italy. Ken was with the first forces to set troops ashore in the French invasion. His ship, the Barnett, is recorded as having escorted the first wave of small assault boats which set troops ashore in the D-Day invasion. He survived a suicide bombing and was honorably discharged on September 22, 1945 as a Carpenters Mate First Class. Ken received an Honorable Discharge Button, Honorable Discharge Emblem and Honorable Service Lapel Button.
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USS Barnett (AP-11, later APA-5), 1940-1946

USS Barnett, a 9432-ton transport, was built in 1928 in England as the civilian passenger ship Santa Maria. She was purchased by the Navy in August 1940 and commissioned the following month. During the rest of 1940 and in 1941 she took part in amphibious training exercises in the Caribbean area. In 1942, following the outbreak of war between the United States and Japan, Barnett went to the Pacific, where she participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal in August and the subsequent campaign to hold that island in the face of Japanese efforts to retake it.

Reclassified as an attack transport in February 1943, with the new hull number APA-5, Barnett spent that year and the next in the Atlantic war theater. During 1943 she was part of the amphibious forces that supported the landings on Sicily in July and at Salerno in September. During the Sicily operation, on 11 July 1943, Barnett was near-missed by an enemy bomb, which damaged the ship and killed seven of the Army troops on board. The transport was also active during the Normandy invasion in June 1944 and in the invasion of Southern France in August and September 1944.

Barnett returned to the Pacific in time to participate in the Okinawa landings in April 1945 and steamed back to the United States shortly after the end of the war with Japan. In May 1946, USS Barnett was decommissioned at Newport, Rhode Island. She was transferred to the Maritime Commission in July 1946.

USS BARNETT (APA-5) received seven battle stars for World War II service:  Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation (7) - American Defense Medal - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp).

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)US Navy
  1941-1941, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1941-1941, USS Barnett (AP-11)
  1942-1942, CM-0000, USS Barnett (AP-11)
  1943-1943, CM-0000, USS Barnett (AP-11)
  1944-1944, CM-0000, USS Barnett (AP-11)
  1945-1945, CM-0000, USS Barnett (AP-11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Tassafaronga (Fourth Savo)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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  Feb 27, 2009, Kenneth LeRoy Hoffman, Carpenter's Mate 1c WWII5
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