Harrell, James Kenneth, QM3c

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Last Rank
Quartermaster 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, QM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
Service Years
1943 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Purcell, Oklahoma
Last Address
Purcell, Oklahoma

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
USS Albacore (SS-218)
Location of Interment
Hillside Cemetery - Purcell, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 064
 Duty Stations
USS Bushnell (AS-15)Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Runner (SS-275)US Navy
USS Albacore (SS-218)
  1943-1943, SA-0000, USS Bushnell (AS-15)
  1943-1943, SA-0000, (QM) Quartermaster Class A School
  1943-1943, QM-0000, USS Runner (SS-275)
  1943-1944, QM-0000, Submarine Division 141
  1944-1944, QM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 16, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Quartermaster Third Class Harrell's life was lost on November 7, 1944 along with 85 other crewmen due to the sinking of the submarine USS Albacore by a mine off northern Japan. He was awarded the Purple Heart. 

James Kenneth Harrell was born December 16, 1924 on the family farm nine miles south of Blanchard, two miles south of the Dibble Crossroads. He was the sixth child of Maxey and Grace Ann Harrell. Ken attended Oak Hurst School through fifth grade. His family moved to Purcell in November, 1936. He graduated from Purcell High School in May 1942.
After graduation, Ken worked in Los Angeles, California in war-related employment for several months. In January 1943, he returned home to enlist in the U.S. Navy. After a few months training at San Diego, California, he was sent overseas. He was serving on board the USS Albacore when the submarine was sunk by a mine on November 7, 1944.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Grace Ann Harrell, and two brothers who died in infancy. He was survived by his father, Maxey Harrell, and three sisters, Christine Peters, Maxine Williams, and Wanda Copenhaver
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