Rice, Robert Leo, RM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1943, RM-0000, USS Pompano (SS-181)
Service Years
1941 - 1943

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

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Unity Baptist Church Cemetery - Eutawville, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

"The official version of USS Pompano's disappearance is that she was lost while patrolling off the coasts of Hokkaido and Honshu.  Probably lost to Japanese mines.  The date usually given (27 September) is an approximate one.  However Japanese records show that a submarine was sunk on 17 September by air attack off the Aomori Prefecture near Shiriya Zaki.  Though we cannot be certain the boat was actually sunk here, it must be taken into consideration since it can only have been directed against Pompano as this is within her patrol area and as there were no other submarines operating in that area.  They say a seaplane based on Ominato attacked a surfaced sub which returned fire (this is critical since it leaves little doubt about what the plane attacked) then dived.  The Japanese minelayer Ashizaki dropped depth charges the following day on a spot where oil was surfacing, bringing up more oil."
- from Wikipedia

Service number: 6366392
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Pompano (SS-181)
  1942-1943, RM-0000, USS Pompano (SS-181)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
World War II Fallen
  1943, 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
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