Guice, Norman Raphael, HM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8402-Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1945-1946, HM-8402, USS Pilotfish (SS-386)
Service Years
1938 - 1952
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
HM-Hospital Corpsman
Three Hash Marks

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Henderson County
Last Address
Mountain Home, NC

Location of Interment:
Mills River Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Date of Passing
Aug 01, 2008
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Submarine Veterans of WW IITarheel Base
  1999, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1999, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI), Tarheel Base (Member) (Greensboro, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Beloved husband, father and grandfather Norman Raphael Guice, 87, of Mountain Home died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House.

The son of Henry Clay Guice and Florence Blackwell Guice, he was a Henderson County native, born on Dec. 7, 1920. Married for 57 years to the late Edna Ray Guice, he retired in 1991 from DuPont where he worked as a quality control technician.

In 1937, he graduated from Flat Rock High School and enrolled in the Navy for three years of junior coreman duty. On his 21st birthday, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he re-enlisted and became one of the many humble heroes of World War II. He served as a pharmacist’s mate in the U.S. Naval Pacific Fleet Submarine Force aboard the Cero and the Pilot Fish. He was present at the surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. He was called back into active duty in the Korean War where he performed a rare mid-air blood transfusion, saving the life of a soldier who had been one of his Flat Rock classmates.

He was a member of the United States and the North Carolina Submarine Veterans of World War II.

In 2006, he was fortunate to travel with Henderson County’s first HonorAir Flight for what he described as “the trip of a lifetime” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Papa,” as his children and grandchildren affectionately referred to him, was a long-time, active member of the Mills River Presbyterian Church where he married his wife, Edna, in 1946. He served his church in many capacities over the years, including deacon, Sunday school superintendent and cemetery manager. His keen wit, courage, wisdom, faith and generous spirit will continue to be an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his sister, Earline Whiting of Concord; his son, Michael Guice of Taylors, S.C.; three daughters, Julie Thompson of Flat Rock; Peggy Bloom of Eugene, Ore., and Mary Rouse of Arden; a grandson, Skip Rouse of Arden; three granddaughters, Tabitha and Elizabeth Guice and Christina Balauch of Greenville, S.C.

A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Mills River Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, the Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post 5206 and the Chapter 14 of the DAV. The family will receive friends following the service at a reception in the church’s fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, N.C. 28759; to Four Seasons Hospice, Elizabeth House, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731 or to HonorAir, 216 Fourth Avenue, Hendersonville, N.C. 28739. An online register book is available for family and friends at

Thos. Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Bushnell (AS-15)USS Cero (SS-225)USS Pilotfish (SS-386)
  1941-1943, PhM-0000, USS Bushnell (AS-15)
  1943-1945, PhM-0000, USS Cero (SS-225)
  1945-1946, HM-8402, USS Pilotfish (SS-386)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
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