Raiford, Rubin MacNeil, Ck3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, CH-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Georgetown, SC
Last Address
Georgetown, SC

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates

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Last Known Activity

USS Tang (SS-306) was on her fifth war patrol when she came upon a Japanese convoy. On the morning of 24 October 1944 she had sunk three ships when she fired her 24th and last torpedo. That torpedo turned to the left, making a circular turn. Tang tried to clear the path of the torpedo, but was struck by her own torpedo and sank. Nine men survived, and spent the war as Prisoners of War. Cook, Second Class Raiford was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 December 1945.

Service number: 5757614

Note: There are various web sites containing a written service history of CK3 Raiford. The dates stated for the various commands are not accurate. The information about the duty stations and dates found in this profile are compiled from various official Navy muster rolls and are the most accurate concerning his service.

 Tributes from Members  
American Hero -- Rubin MacNiel Raiford1 posted by Bonar, Nancy 1 -Family 

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSUBASE Pearl HarborUS NavyUSS Saury SS-189USS Spearfish (SS-190)
NAVSTA Mare Island, CAUSS Tilefish (SS-307)USS Tang (SS-306)
  1942-1943, MATT-0000, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1943-1943, MATT-0000, USS Litchfield (DD-336)
  1943-1943, MATT-0000, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1943-1943, MATT-0000, USS Saury SS-189
  1943-1943, SD-0000, SUBBASE Midway
  1943-1944, CH-0000, USS Spearfish (SS-190)
  1944-1944, CH-0000, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
  1944-1944, CH-0000, USS Tilefish (SS-307)
  1944-1944, CH-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 13, 1942, Enlisted in the Navy age 13
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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