Thomas, Willie David, OS2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
OS-0000-Officer's Steward
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer's Steward
Primary Unit
1942-1943, OS-0000, USS Argonaut (SS-166)
Service Years
1934 - 1943
OS-Officer's Steward
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nashville, TN
Last Address
1605 Pearl St
Nashville, TN

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates

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Last Known Activity

On January 10th, 1943, the USS Argonaut (SS-166) was attacking a Japanese convoy when she was counterattacked by the convoy escorts. An allied plane witnessed her attack. The submarine was apparently damaged by a depth charge. When she came to the surface, she was subsequently sunk by gun fire from the Japanese destroyers escorting the convoy, with a loss of all crew members. Cook 2nd Class Thomas was officially declared dead on January 11, 1944.

Service number: 2952512

Submarine war patrols: USS Argonaut (SS-166) - 2nd

Some internet sources have Willie Thomas' job listed simply as Cook, which can be confused with Ship's Cook that falls under the Commissary Branch. The official Navy muster rolls have him listed as Officers Cook (OC), which is part of the Messman Branch. Although currently shown as an Officers Steward at this profile, Officers Cook is the correct designation. The information will be changed if the researchers at TWS add the Officers Cook NEC to the list.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Arizona (BB-39)USS Argonaut (SS-166)
  1935-1940, S1c-0000, USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)
  1940-1940, S1c-0000, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1940-1940, S1c-0000, USS Whitney (AD-4)
  1940-1941, MATT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1941-1942, OS-0000, USS Harris (AP-8)
  1942-1943, OS-0000, USS Argonaut (SS-166)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Makin Raid
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 01, 1942, Promoted to OC2
  Jan 22, 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
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, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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