Blakely, Sanford Rue, MM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1919-1919, MM-0000, USS SC-343
Service Years
1917 - 1919
MM-Machinists Mate

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bakersfield, California

Date of Passing
May 05, 1919
Location of Interment
Liberty Veterans Cemetery - Fresno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
343, Section C

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In the Line of Duty
  1919, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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Last Known Activity
PO2 Blakeley served as a Machinist Mate aboard the USS Subchaser-343.  At approximately 1310  hours, there was an on board explosion, causing the ship to burn to the waterline, and subsequently sink.  The incident was observed by a British light cruiser, HMS Constance, that was also in the North Basin Dock, Bermuda when the Subchaser #343 exploded and burned. (Note: Such accidents with the gasoline fuel were not unusual.)

PO2 Blakely was the only crewman whose body was not recovered. His ship was very likely en route for home to be discharged as were other ships in July 1919.

Note:  The Sub Chaser unit served in various ports during WWI. During the war, these chasers served at Queenstown, Ireland (and most also served at Plymouth, England), Corful, and other ports in Europe. After the war, half a dozen from this group went on to serve in the clearing of the North Sea mine barrage and other stations.

These were small ships, 110 feet in length, 13 feet beam, carrying a crew of 20 men.

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Submarine Chasers (SC)
  1919-1919, MM-0000, USS SC-343
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  1917-1918 World War I
  1917-1918 World War I/Anti-Submarine Warfare
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