Soden, Billy Gene, AT3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AT-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1952-1952, AT-0000, VC-35 Night Hecklers
Service Years
1948 - 1952
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician

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Home Town
Ceres, CA
Last Address
Stanislaus, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1952
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Accident
Sea of Japan
Korean War
Location of Interment
Burwood Cemetery - Escalon, California
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On 5 August 1952, a fire broke out on the hangar deck of Boxer at 05:30 when a fuel tank of an aircraft caught fire while the ship was conducting combat operations in the Sea of Japan. The fire raged on the carrier's hangar deck for 4–5 hours before being extinguished. The final total of casualties was 8 dead, 1 missing, 1 critically injured, 1 seriously burned and some 70 overcome by smoke. Of the 63 who had gone over the side, all were rescued and returned to the ship. Eighteen aircraft, mostly Grumman F9F-2 Panthers, were damaged or destroyed.

Aviation Electronics Technician, Second Class Soden was assigned to Detachment A, Composite Squadron 35 aboard the carrier USS BOXER (CVA-9). Having completed all missions as radar-radio operator, he was awaiting orders to return to the United States, when he was killed by a fire and explosion aboard the carrier on August 6, 1952.

Service number: 7991799

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