Galles, Sylvester Lewis, EM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, EM-0000, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Alton, IA
Last Address
Route 2
Benton, IL

Casualty Date
Mar 19, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

Before dawn on 19 March 1945, USS Franklin (CV-13), which had maneuvered to within 50 miles of the Japanese mainland, closer than any other U.S. carrier during the war, launched a fighter sweep against Honshū and later a strike against shipping in Kobe Harbor. Suddenly, a single aircraft – possibly a Yokosuka D4Y "Judy" dive bomber, though other accounts suggest an Aichi D3A "Val", also a dive bomber – pierced the cloud cover and made a low level run on the ship to drop two semi-armor-piercing bombs. One bomb struck the flight deck centerline, penetrating to the hangar deck, causing destruction and igniting fires through the second and third decks, and knocking out the Combat Information Center and air plot. The second hit aft, tearing through two decks. Franklin was dead in the water, without radio communications, and broiling in the heat from enveloping fires. Many of the crew were blown overboard, driven off by fire, killed or wounded, but the hundreds of officers and enlisted who voluntarily remained saved their ship.

EM1 Galles was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 3290547
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Bogue (CVE-9)Newport NewsUSS Franklin (CV-13)
  1942-1943, EM-0000, USS Bogue (ACV-9)
  1943-1943, EM-0000, USS Bogue (CVE-9)
  1943-1944, EM-0000, Newport News
  1944-1945, EM-0000, USS Franklin (CV-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to F2c
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to EM3
  Sep 01, 1943, Promoted to EM2
  Nov 28, 1944, Promoted to EM1
  Jan 18, 2014, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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