Whitney, Harry R., Y1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
YN-0000-Yeoman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Yeoman
Primary Unit
1942-1944, YN-0000, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
YN-Yeoman

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Buffalo
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 23, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

Blue Star


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

            

                           USS Washington (BB-56)


Washington and twenty other American ships were the first to be equipped with fully operational radar.[2] She has the distinction of being the only American battleship to sink an enemy battleship during World War II in a "one on one" surface engagement.[4] Washington suffered no losses to hostile action during the entire course of the war, although she had some close calls: she was almost hit by "Long Lance" torpedoes off Guadalcanal, and was hit once by enemy ordnance, a 5-inch shell[3] that passed through her radar antenna without detonation.

In 1942, she was sent to the North Atlantic to fill in for British ships that had been redeployed around Madagascar. She was assigned to guard against a possible sortie by the German battleship Tirpitz, and to provide distant cover for several Iceland–Murmansk convoys. In July, she returned to the United States for an overhaul before being deployed to the Pacific in August for action against Imperial Japan, where she became the flagship of Rear Admiral Willis Augustus Lee. Two months after her arrival at Tonga in September 1942, Washington was tasked with intercepting a Japanese naval task force near Guadalcanal along with South Dakota and four destroyers. In the ensuing battle, South Dakota was severely damaged, but Washington sustained almost no damage while her guns sank the battleship Kirishima and the destroyer Ayanami. Washington operated as an escort for aircraft carrier task forces for most of 1943, and then bombarded Nauru in December in company with five other battleships. Around dawn on 1 February 1944, Washington rammed the battleship Indiana and incurred several fatalities when the latter was maneuvering across the formation to refuel destroyers. With around 60 feet (18 m) of her bow heavily damaged, Washington was forced to retire.

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSCINCLANTUSS Washington (BB-56)US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1942-1942, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1942-1942, YN-0000, USCINCLANT
  1942-1944, YN-0000, USS Washington (BB-56)
  1942-1944, YN-0000, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
 Colleges Attended 
Cornell UniversityWorcester Polytechnic InstituteTufts University
  1944-1944, Cornell University
  1944-1945, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  1945-1945, Tufts University
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