Williams, Frederick Warren, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1946-1946, AMM-0000, USS Pine Island (AV-12)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Antarctic Circle
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
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Operation HIGHJUMP
His body was not
recovered but left
at the crash site.

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 1946
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Antarctic Ocean
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Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1946, In the Line of Duty [Verified]1

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
AMM1 Frederick Warren WILLIAMS
(PBM-5) George 1/Operation Highjump
Buried at the Bottom of the World
On December 30, 1946, a Martin Mariner PBM "flying boat" (GEORGE 1) with a crew of nine rose from the Antarctic sea on an exploratory flight to the Antarctic continent in the vicinity of Ellsworth Land.  As a participant in the Antarctic Developments Project 1946-47, code-named OPERATION HIGHJUMP, they were part of a three-pronged attack to photograph and map the Antarctic coastline and certain inland areas.  As they lifted from the water at 2:44 a.m., the USS PINE ISLAND, to which they were attached, slowly disappeared behind them as they flew due south on their mission. Approximately four hours later, the Ice would claim it's first American lives.  Six men would live to return from that flight.  AMM1 Williams was killed in the line of duty.  His body was not recovered but left with the other two bodies at the crash site.

PBM-5 (George I) Crash:
Ensign Maxwell A. Lopez, USN, USS Pine Island 30 Dec 1946 
ARM1 Wendell K. Henderson, USS Pine Island 30 Dec 1946 
AMM1 Frederick W. Williams, USS Pine Island 30 Dec 1946 
The Commanding Officer of USS Pine Island was aboard and survived the crash. The other survivors were medevac'd home but the CO had to stay and finish the operation. Frederick died two hours after the crash. 

Henderson and Williams were posthumously awarded the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
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An Adventuresome Young Man Joins the US NAVY...

Frederick Warren Williams was born on December 19th, 1920 in Huntingdon, Tennessee. The proud parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Williams. He had one brother and two sisters.  

Fred attended Clarksburg High School, near Huntingdon. Known as a fearsome and adventurous young man, Fred was 20 years old when he entered the US Navy in 1940. During WWII he fought many fierce battles in the Pacific theatre and was seriously wounded in the battle of the Marshall Islands. Fred would complete six years of service with the navy and in July, 1946, he re-enlisted for another two years. While home that July on a 75-day furlough, Fred shared his enthusiasm over the prospects of being on the Byrd Expedition.

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 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)School Assignments - StaffCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Pine Island (AV-12)
  1940-1940, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1940-1940, AMM-0000, Aviation Machinist Mate Basic
  1941-1941, AMM-0000, Aviation Machinist Mate School
  1943-1945, AMM-0000, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet/Aircraft Squadrons, Pacific Fleet
  1946-1946, AMM-0000, USS Pine Island (AV-12)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 30, 1946, Operation HIGHJUMP21
  Aug 14, 2007, (son) Frederick 'Captain' Warren Williams Jr.
  Aug 31, 2012, General Photos
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