James, Daniel Richard, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
230X-Medical Service Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 210X, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nanticoke, PA
Last Address
2027 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Lieutenant Junior Grade James was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service numbers:
Enlisted: 6500303
Officer: 225456

Daniel James joined the Navy in 1941 as a Pharmacist's Mate (PhM). He entered as a PhM2 because he was a pre-med student at the time. In 1943, the Navy sent him to Columbia University in New York to recieve officer training and was commissioned as an Ensign.

Submarine war patrols: USS Harder (SS-257) - 4th through 6th

Presidential Unit Citiation
For outstanding performance and distinguished service during her War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters. Resolute and daring in combat, the USS Harder has operated dangerously. Striking wherever the enemy could be found, she sank or damaged many thousands of tons of hostile shipping. The officers and men of the Harder have achieved a brilliant record of gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Medical Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Duty Stations
Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PANAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Harder (SS-257)
  1941-1943, PhM-0000, Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PA
  1943-1944, 210X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1944-1944, 210X, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
 Colleges Attended 
Bucknell UniversityColumbia University
  1938-1941, Bucknell University
  1943-1943, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  Nov 24, 1945, 2 Phila Men Listed as Dead1
  Dec 01, 1945, Navy Officially Lists 2 Nanticoke Men as Dead1
  Jan 27, 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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