Weimers, Gerald Louis, CMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary Designator/NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1939-1944, MM-0000, USS Hull (DD-350)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
MM-Machinists Mate
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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bellingham, WA
Last Address
Bellingham, WA

Casualty Date
Dec 18, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

On 17 December 1944, the ships of Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. The carriers had just completed three days of heavy raids against Japanese airfields, suppressing enemy aircraft during the American amphibious operations against Mindoro in the Philippines. Although the sea had been becoming rougher all day, the nearby cyclonic disturbance gave relatively little warning of its approach. On 18 December, the small but violent typhoon overtook the Task Force while many of the ships were attempting to refuel. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers, USS Hull, USS Spence, and USS Monaghan, capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 officers and men were lost or killed, with another 80 injured. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and some 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard. This storm inflicted more damage on the Navy than any storm since the hurricane at Apia, Samoa in 1889. In the aftermath of this deadly storm, the Pacific Fleet established new weather stations in the Caroline Islands and, as they were secured, Manila, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In addition, new weather central offices (for coordinating data) were established at Guam and Leyte.

CMM Weimers was among the missing.

 
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3853894

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Yangtze River Patrol, China

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Machinist's Mate First Class Gerald L. Weimers, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty during the bombing and loss of the U.S.S. PANAY (PR-5), when that vessel was attacked by Japanese airplanes during patrol in the Yangtze River, China, on 12 December 1937. On his own initiative Machinist's Mate First Class Weimers manned a sampan, acting as both coxswain and engineer, making all trips in this boat while abandoning the ship, during which he was machined-gunned by attacking planes. He voluntarily returned to the PANAY in the face of hostile plane attacks, boarded the abandoned and sinking ship, and obtained supplies for the wounded. The conduct of Seaman First Class McEowen throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Navigation Bulletin 261 (July 1, 1938)
Action Date: 12-Dec-37
Service: Navy
Rank: Machinist's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. Panay (PR-5)

   
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1936-1937, MM-0000, USS Panay (PR-5)
  1938-1939, MM-0000, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1939-1944, MM-0000, USS Hull (DD-350)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1937 SINKING OF THE USS PANAY (PR-5)
  1941-1941 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1941-1944 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1943-1943 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
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