Velebny, Joe Albert, TM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1943, TM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
Service Years
1938 - 1943
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

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

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Nitro (AE-2)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS S-44 (SS-155)
NAS Coco Solo, Panama
  1938-1939, S2c-0000, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1939-1939, S1c-0000, USS Nitro (AE-2)
  1939-1940, TM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1940, TM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, NAS Coco Solo, Panama
  1940-1943, TM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to TM3
  Aug 01, 1941, Promoted to TM2
  Feb 12, 1942, Honorably discharged
  Feb 13, 1942, Reenlisted
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to TM1
  Oct 22, 2017, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 26 September, S-44 departed Attu on her fifth and last war patrol. One day out, while en route to her operating area in the northern Kuril Islands, she was spotted and attacked by a Japanese patrol plane. Suffering no damage, she continued west. On the night of 7 October, she made radar contact with what she thought was a "small merchantman" and closed for a surface attack. Several hundred yards from the target, her deck gun fired and was answered by a salvo. The "small merchantman" in fact was the Shimushu-class escort Ishigaki. An emergency dive was ordered, but the submarine failed to submerge. She then took several hits in the control room, below the waterline in the after battery room, and elsewhere.

Reluctantly, S-44 was ordered abandoned. A pillow case was raised from the forward battery room hatch as a flag of surrender, but the Japanese shelling continued. Only two men escaped the sinking vessel. TM1 Velebney was among those killed.

Service number: 3285196

Submarine defensive patrols: USS S-22 (SS-155) - 1st and 2nd
Submarine war patrols: USS S-44 (SS-155) - 1st through 5th

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