Fellicetty, Daniel Clyde, Y3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
YN-0000-Yeoman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Yeoman
Primary Unit
1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
YN-Yeoman

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clairton, PA
Last Address
124 Second St
Clairton, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

USS Tang 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. Yeoman, First Class Fellicetty was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 8220004

Presidential Unit Citation
For outstanding performance in combat and distinguished service durin her First, Second and Third War Patrols in Japanese-controlled waters. Operating boldly in defiance of alert hostile air patrols in dangerous areas far from her home base, the USS Tang struck devastating blows at Japanese combatant units and heavily escorted convoys in the Pacific despite unfavorable attack opportunity, sinking thousands of tons of valuable enemy shipping during her First and Third War Patrols. Rendering gallant lifeguard service during air strikes against enemy-held atolls by United States forces, the Tang braved the treacherous reefs off the coast of a powerfully fortified enemy stronghold to rescue twenty-two Naval aviators in seven pick-ups, completing this perilous mission within close range of hostile shore batteries. The brilliant and heroic achievements of this vessel reflect the highest credit upon the courage, seamanship and determination of her officers and men and enhance the fine traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Presidential Unit Citation
For extridinary heroism in action during her Fourth War Patrol against enemy Japanese shipping in the Honshu Area from July 31 to September 3, 1944, and her Fifth War Patrol in Formosa Straits, September 27 to October 24, 1944. Boldly searching out the enemy through perilous coastline shoal waters to establish contact with a large hostile convoy. the USS Tang penetrated a heavy escort screen to launch a series of smashing torpedo attacks and sink five Japanese ships totalling 22,500 tons. With every surface unit vital to the enemy during accelerated hostilities pointing toward the crucial battle for Leyte Gulf, the Tang Daringly challenged two large, well armed, heavily escorted convoys bound for the Philippines with reinforcements and supplies. Operating without support and in heroic defiance of severe countermeasures, she attacked relentlessly from all sides, waging furious battle against terrific odds and climaxing her aggressive Fifth Patrol by sending every ship of both convoys to the bottom. A seaworthy, fighting ship, handled brilliantly by her gallant officers and men, the Tang rounded out her previous distinguished record of achievement by her crushing blows against the enemy's power to wage war, therefore materially furthering the vital operations to control the Pacific and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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USS Tang (SS-306)
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  Oct 25, 1944, Listed as MIA (official)
  Jan 15, 1946, Clairton Sailor Reported Dead1
  May 11, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Apr 30, 2008, Sailor's Family Presented Flag
  Nov 20, 2017, General Photos
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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WWII 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, WWII Memorial National Registry
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