Davidson, Walter Dearl, SM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, SM-0000, USS Golet (SS-361)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tahoka, TX
Last Address
417 N Wilhite St
Cleburne, TX
(Wife~Frances (Martin) Davidson)

Casualty Date
Jun 14, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Golet (SS-361)
  1943-1944, SM-0000, USS Golet (SS-361)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Golet (SS-361)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 26, 1942, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Nov 30, 1943, Commissioning Crew of USS Golet (SS-361)
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to SM2c
  Jul 12, 1944, Listed as Missing In Action
  Jan 18, 1946, Changed to Presumed Dead
  Jun 15, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Golet departed Manitowoc 19 December 1943 via the Mississippi River for New Orleans, Louisiana, arriving 28 December. After shakedown training at Panama and final battle practice in Hawaiian waters, she departed Pearl Harbor on 18 March 1944 for her maiden war patrol off the Kurile Islands chain, Southern HokkaidÅ? and Eastern HonshÅ«, Japan. Severe combinations of fog, rain, and ice were encountered and only one ship worth a torpedo came into view. This enemy proved too fast for Golet to close to torpedo range; she returned to Midway Island on 3 May 1944.

Lieutenant James S. Clark took command of Golet, departed Midway Island on 28 May 1944 to patrol off northern Honshū, Japan, and was never heard from again.

Golet had been scheduled to depart her area on 5 July and was expected at Midway Island about 12 July or 13 July. She failed to acknowledge a message sent her on 9 July and was presumed lost 26 July 1944.

Japanese antisubmarine records available after the war revealed that Golet was the probable victim of a Japanese antisubmarine attack made 14 June 1944. These records mention that the attack brought up cork, rafts, and other debris and a heavy pool of oil, all evidence of the sinking of a submarine. See also List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II.
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