Bonnett, James Clair, TM1c

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Last Rank
Torpedoman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Bugara (SS-331)
Service Years
1938 - 1945
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Madison Township, PA
Last Address
East Brady, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 22, 1945
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Rimersburg Cemetery - Rimersburg, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Records report that TM1 Bonnett was a crewmember aboard USS Bugara (SS-331), a newly constructed submarine, commissioned in November 1944, that sailed from Pearl Harbor on February 21, 1945, for its first War Patrol bound for the Flores Sea near Java.  Navy records further report that the following day, February 22, 1945, Bonnett died from injuries and was buried at sea. According to the muster rolls dated the day of his death, TM1 Bonnett died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Service number: 2504851

Submarine war patrols:
USS Grouper (SS-214) - 2nd through 8th
USS Bugara (SS-331) - 1st

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US NavySchool Assignments - StaffNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Grouper (SS-214)
USS Bugara (SS-331)
  1939-1940, S2c-0000, USS Jouett (DD-396)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, (TM) Torpedomans Mate A School
  1940-1942, TM-0000, USS Jouett (DD-396)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1942, TM-0000, USS Hilo (AGP-2)
  1942-1944, TM-0000, USS Grouper (SS-214)
  1944-1944, TM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Bugara (SS-331)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 06, 1939, Promoted to S2c
  Dec 16, 1939, Promoted to S1c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to TM3
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to TM2
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to TM1
  Jul 19, 1944, Married Helen Fay Lightcap
  Mar 22, 1945, Reported Killed in War Theater1
  Mar 08, 1947, Veterans burial card1
  May 06, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Feb 17, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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