Parr, Thomas Sherman, Jr., SM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1943, SM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
Service Years
1936 - 1943
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jersey City, NJ
Last Address
1320 S Clarion St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 07, 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 1 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

USS S-44 (SS-155) arrived at Dutch Harbor on 16 September 1943. On 26 September, she departed Attu on her 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. SM2 Parr was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.


Service number: 2232868

Submarine war patrols:
USS Bass (SS164) - 2nd through 4th
USS S-44 (SS-155) - 5th

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Holland (AS-3)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS S-44 (SS-155)
  1939-1940, SM-0000, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1940-1940, SM-0000, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1940-1940, SM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1941, S1c-0000, USS R-15 (SS-92)
  1941-1942, S1c-0000, SUBBASE Coco Solo, Panama
  1942-1943, SM-0000, USS Bass (SS-164)
  1943-1943, SM-0000, USS S-44 (SS-155)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 23, 1941, Demoted to S1c
  Jul 28, 1941, Deck Court
  Feb 24, 1943, Married Anna May Henderson1
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to SM3
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to SM2
  Jan 21, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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