Weisenfluh, Elmer, EM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Taylor, PA
Last Address
Taylor, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

The USS Albacore (SS-218) began a patrol on October 24, 1944, and refueled at Midway Island on October 28th. There was no further contact with the boat after that date. Japanese records report a submarine exploding as the result of contact with a mine on November 7, 1944 and the Albacore was presumed lost on December 21st 1944. Electricians Mate Second Class Weisenfluh was officially declared dead on December 13, 1945.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6515297

Submarine war patrols: USS Albacore (SS-218) - 8th through 11th

Presidential Unit Citation
The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit CItation to the United States Ship Albacore (SS 218) for service as set forth in the following citation:
For extrodianary heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units during her Second War Patrol in the New Guinea Area from November 11 to December 30, 1942; her Third War Patrol in the Admiralty Islands from January 20 to March 11, 1943; her Eigth War Patrol north of the Bismark Archipelago from December 26,1943 to Febuary 22,1944; her Ninth War Patrol west of the Marianas from May 29 to July 16, 1944. By agressive and tenacious area coverage, the USS Albacore made contact on a speeding major enemy task force and, defying numerous destroyers and hostile aircraft which screened the valuable Fleet units on every quarter and the inevitable countermeasures, pressed home her attack. Brilliantly maneuvering between the menacing escorts to reach the center of the powerful enemy group, the Albacore, despite a last minute breakdown of vital fire control equipment, launched her torpedoes and demolished a 29,800 ton aircraft carrier. Skillfully evading severe counterattacks, this gallant fighting ship returned to inflict further crippling blows against the enemy by sinking seven ships, including a light cruiser and two destroyers, for a total of nearly 50,000 tons. The courage and steadfast devotion to duty of the Albacore's valiant officers and men reflected in this outstanding combat record and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy


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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
COMPATRECONFOR 5th/7th  FLEETUSS Albacore (SS-218)
  1943-1943, EM-0000, CTF-72, COMPATRECONWING 1
  1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  Oct 15, 1944, Promoted to EM2
  Dec 12, 1944, Listed as MIA (official)
  Jun 21, 1946, WWII Jewish Servicemen Card1
  Nov 19, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
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