Childs, Frederick Herbert, Jr., TM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, TM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
TM-Torpedoman's Mate

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Leicester, MA
Last Address
Worcester, MA

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Albacore (SS-218) began a patrol on October 24, 1944, and refueled at Midway Island on October 28th. There was no further contact with the boat after that date. Japanese records report a submarine exploding as the result of contact with a mine on November 7, 1944 and the Albacore was presumed lost on December 21st 1944. Torpedoman's Mate First Class was officially declared dead on December 13, 1945.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6660485

Presidential Unit Citation
The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation to the United States Ship Albacore (SS 218) for service as set forth in the following citation:
For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units during her Second War Patrol in the New Guinea Area from November 11 to December 30, 1942; her Third War Patrol in the Admiralty Islands from January 20 to March 11, 1943; her Eighth War Patrol north of the Bismark Archipelago from December 26,1943 to February 22,1944; her Ninth War Patrol west of the Marianas from May 29 to July 16, 1944. By aggressive and tenacious area coverage, the USS Albacore made contact on a speeding major enemy task force and, defying numerous destroyers and hostile aircraft which screened the valuable Fleet units on every quarter and the inevitable countermeasures, pressed home her attack. Brilliantly maneuvering between the menacing escorts to reach the center of the powerful enemy group, the Albacore, despite a last minute breakdown of vital fire control equipment, launched her torpedoes and demolished a 29,800 ton aircraft carrier. Skillfully evading severe counterattacks, this gallant fighting ship returned to inflict further crippling blows against the enemy by sinking seven ships, including a light cruiser and two destroyers, for a total of nearly 50,000 tons. The courage and steadfast devotion to duty of the Albacore's valiant officers and men reflected in this outstanding combat record and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
   

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Albacore (SS-218)
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1944, TM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Feb 02, 1943, Promoted to TM3
  Aug 01, 1944, Promoted to TM1
  Jan 13, 2013, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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