Hendrickson, Carl, GMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1950-1952, GM-0000, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)/Det Navy Yard Washington
Service Years
1928 - 1954
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Contact Info
Home Town
Salt Lake City, Utah
Last Address
Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 1956
Location of Interment
Salt Lake City Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: L_39_23_3W

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US Navy Retired 20

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Last Known Activity

United States Navy Chief Gunner's Mate (GMC) aboard the USS BUCKLEY (DE-51) when it pursued, rammed and sank the German submarine U-66 during WW2. Hendrickson enlisted in the Navy at Salt Lake City, UT and served from December 6, 1928 until January 4, 1954. Among the ships he served on before World War II were the battleships USS MISSISSIPPI (BB-41) for 2 years, USS ARIZONA (BB-39)for more than 7 1/2 years (2 tours) and the coastal gunboat USS TULSA (PG-22) for 2 years in China and the Philippines. During World War II he was the senior non- commissioned gunnery officer during perhaps the most daring "submarine kill" of the war, when the destroyer escort USS BUCKLEY (DE-51) rammed and sank the German submarine U-66 in the Atlantic sea-lanes off North Africa on the night of May 5-6, 1944. U-66 was the 7th most successful German U-Boat in World War II, having sunk 33 merchant ships, total 200,021 gross register tons and damaged two British motor torpedo boats, since her launch in January 1941.

Following WWII, Chief Hendrickson was stationed aboard the light cruiser USS FARGO (CL-106) and later several shore stations, including the Washington Navy Yard, before retiring in 1954. He died two years later.


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USS Mississippi (BB-41)USS Arizona (BB-39)US Navy
  1928-1930, SA-0000, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1930-1934, GM-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1937-1939, GM-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1943-1946, GM-0000, USS Buckley (DE-51)
  1946-1950, GM-0000, USS Fargo (CL-106)
  1950-1952, GM-0000, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)/Det Navy Yard Washington
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1937 Sinking of the USS Panay (PR-5)
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