Avery, Willis Virgil, PhM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1946, Naval Support Force Pacific (NSFP)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Boulder City Nevada

Date of Passing
May 13, 2015
Location of Interment
Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Boulder City, Nevada
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Willis V. Avery passed away on May 13, 2015 at the age of 93, following his wife Miriam and son Raymond. He is survived by daughter Sandra Sanders of El Dorado Hills, CA and son Bill Avery of Boulder City, NV and grandsons Chris, Jason, and Tim Avery and Greg Sanders and two great granddaughters. Willis grew up on a dairy farm in Vestal, NY. He joined the US Navy at 18 years old prior to the beginning of WWII. He served as a First Class Pharmacist Mate aboard the USS Solace, a hospital ship that was moored alongside Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He and members of his crew went aboard the burning USS Arizona to give aid to the wounded and help them abandon the sinking ship. He was given a Naval Commendation of Service for his "distinguished devotion and extraordinary courage and disregard for his own safety." Forty-nine years later, Willis hosted the first USS Solace Reunion. Willis played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy band in Auckland, New Zealand where he met his wife, Miriam, of 54 years. Willis enjoyed a 33 year career with IBM Corporation in Endicott, NY, as a computer trouble shooter. A devoted husband and father, Willis had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and enjoyed telling a good story. His interests included raising beagles, ham radio, and golf. He continued to play clarinet throughout his life. He and Miriam retired to Lady Lake, Florida and then to Boulder City, NV in 1991. Much of his time in later years was spent enjoying the company of friends and playing pool at the Senior Center. Memorial service will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada on May 29 at 10:40 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005.
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 Duty Stations
USS Solace (AH-5)Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)US Navy
  1941-1945, PhM-0000, USS Solace (AH-5)
  1943-1945, PhM-0000, Mobile Hospital (MOB)/Mobile Hospital #4
  1945-1945, PhM-0000, USS Talamanca (AF-15)
  1945-1946, Naval Support Force Pacific (NSFP)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1946 US Occupation of Japan
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