Oeldemann, Henry Carl, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1943, F1c-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Fireman 1st Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Milwaukee, WI
Last Address
2547 S 4th St
Miwaukee, WI

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Wood National Cemetery - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: MF 0 93

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Fireman 1c Henry Carl Oeldemann

On Eternal Patrol
F1c Henry C. Oeldemann, 6103317, SS-209, the Tambor-class submarine "USS Grayling." Killed in Action on or about 9 September 1943 when his submarine disappeared and was presumed lost in the waters near the Tablas Strait, Philippines.   Born 29 June 1919, he entered the service from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 24 years old.

The USS Grayling was conducting her eighth war patrol when she was lost with all hands.  The Graylings last victory was recorded on 27 August 1943 against the passenger-cargo Meizan Maru in the Tablas Strait.  On 9 September, a Japanese ship reported sighting an American submarine on the surface and a second ship later reported an American submarine in shallow water off the coast of Manila.  The ship, passenger-cargo vessel Hokuan Maru reported making a run over the submarine and "noted an impact with a submerged object."  No word from the Grayling was ever received past 9 September. All 76 hands were lost.

He is listed on the Tablet of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. Some records show Henry as born in Chicago, IL. He was raised in Milwaukee and a grave marker is located at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, Plot MF 0 93. 
USS Grayling SS-209 was on her 8th War Patrol when she went missing. Grayling was credited with five major kills, totaling 20,575 tons. All but the first of Grayling's eight war patrols were declared "successful". She received six battle stars for World War II service.

F1c Oeldemann's Purple Heart
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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Pelias (AS-14)USS Triton (SS-201)USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1942-1942, S1c-0000, USS Pelias (AS-14)
  1942-1943, S1c-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
  1943-1943, F1c-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 09, 1942, promoted to S2c
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to F2c
  Sep 09, 1943, F1c Henry C. Oeldemann
  Sep 09, 2014, General Photos3
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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