Gamel, John Worth, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 000X, Japan, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1938 - 1943

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Roswell, NM
Last Address
Selma, AL

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Praire Haven Cemetery - Hobbs, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

After the sinking of the USS Sculpin (SS-191), forty-two members of the crew were picked up by the Japanese ship Yamagumo. One badly wounded sailor was thrown back in the sea because of his condition. The survivors were questioned for about ten days at the Japanese naval base at Truk, then were embarked on two aircraft carriers returning to Japan. Chuyo carried 21 of the survivors in her hold. On 2 December, the carrier was torpedoed and sunk by the USS Sailfish and twenty of the American prisoners perished - including ENS Gamel.

Service number: 187906

Submarine war patrols: USS Sculpin (SS-191) - 7th through 9th

Bronze Star
For heroic service while attached to the USS Sculpin during the ninth war patrol of that vessel against the enemy Japanese forces in the Truk Island area November 19,1943. After his ship had been severely damaged abd forced to surface during a terrific enemy depth-charge attack, Ensign Gamel gallantly manned his battle station and, despite the enemy's overwhelming gunfire, resolutely carried out his essential duties until his ship was scuttled by her gallant crew. Disregarding his own safety to help in saving many of the wounded from drowning after abandoning ship, Ensign Gamel, by his heoric conduct and unflatering devotion to duty, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Many sources - especially newspaper articles - have ENS Gamel listed as "J. Worth" or simply "Worth". It seems he went by his middle name and that's how most people knew him.

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

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Sculpin (SS-191)Prisoner of War
  1942-1943, 000X, USS R-4 (SS-81)
  1943-1943, 000X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, 000X, USS Sculpin (SS-191)
  1943-1943, 000X, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Sculpin (SS-191)/USS SCULPIN (SS-191) 7th War patrol
  1943-1943 USS Sculpin (SS-191)/USS SCULPIN (SS-191) 8th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Sculpin (SS-191)/USS SCULPIN (SS-191) 9th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
Texas Tech UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1932-1935, Texas Tech University
  1938-1942, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 03, 1935, Highest Average1
  Jun 04, 1935, Engineering Grads Are To Leave For Tour of Mills1
  Jul 05, 1936, Transferred to Selma, Alabama1
  Jul 18, 1942, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 28, 1943, Visited Lubbock1
  Apr 24, 1943, Married Louell Reis
  Dec 02, 1943, WWII Prisoners of War
  Jan 22, 1944, Missing in Action1
  Mar 28, 1944, POW1
  Oct 05, 1946, Bronze Star Awarded Ensign Worth Gamel1
  Mar 06, 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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