Lassiter, John Henry, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 00X, USS Pompano (SS-181)
Service Years
1940 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nashville, TN
Last Address
Birmingham, AL

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 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 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

After leaving Midway on 20 August 1943 to start her seventh war patrol, USS Pompano (SS-181) was never heard from again. Her orders were to patrol off the east coast of Honshu from about 29 August to sunset of 27 September 1943, and then to return to Pearl Harbor for refit, stopping at Midway enroute for fuel.
When no transmission was received from her, especially just prior to her expected arrival at Midway on 5 October, word was sent from Pearl to keep a sharp lookout for her. By 15 October, all hope was abandoned, and Pompano was reported as presumed lost in enemy waters.
Japanese information available now shows no attack which could conceivably have been on Pompano. On 6 September Pompano was informed by despatch that the area to the north of her own was open. Since that area was considered more productive of sinkings than the one she was in, it is quite possible that she moved into it. Both the one between Honshu and Hokkaido, and the one east of northern Honshu are known to have been mined by the enemy, with the greatest concentration of mines in the northern area. In view of the evidence given, it is considered probable that Pompano met her end by an enemy mine. Operational loss or loss by an unreported attack are alternate possibilities.
LT Lassiter was an engineering officer aboard the USS Pompano. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 097747

Submarine war patrols: USS Pompano (SS-181) - 2nd through 7th

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HINAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Pompano (SS-181)
  1940-1941, 00X, V-7 Navy College Training Program
  1941-1942, 00X, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HI
  1942-1942, 00X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1943, 00X, USS Pompano (SS-181)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 2nd War Patrol
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 3rd War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 4th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 5th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 6th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  1935-1939, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  Nov 18, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Apr 01, 1946, Wife of Local Man Lost at Sea to Sponsor Sub1
  Jan 19, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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