Piller, John Andrew, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1944-1944, S1c-0000, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wharton, NJ
Last Address
Brockton, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 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 1 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

On 4 April 1944, USS Gudgeon (SS-211) set out from Pearl Harbor to begin her twelfth war patrol. She topped off her fuel tanks at Johnston Island three days later and was never heard from again. After a postwar examination of Japanese records, officials concluded that Gudgeon was probably lost on 18 April after being spotted by a Japanese aircraft on anti-submarine patrol about 170 miles southeast of Iwo Jima. After observing the boat coming to the surface the pilot dropped two bombs. "The first bomb hit a bow, the second bomb direct on bridge," the report states. "The center of the submarine burst open and oil pillars rose." She sank quickly and the pilot observed evidence of a massive underwater explosion. S1c Piller was among the crew and his body was never recovered.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 7102400

Submarine combat patrols:
USS Nautilus (SS-168) - 6th and 7th
USS Gudgeon (SS-211) - 12th

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Mare IslandUSS Nautilus (SS-168)USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
  1943-1943, S1c-0000, NAVSTA Mare Island
  1943-1944, S1c-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1944-1944, S1c-0000, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 12th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  Nov 25, 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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