Burrell, David Lee, BM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, BM-0000, USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service Years
1935 - 1943
BM-Boatswain's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Calhoun City, AL
Last Address
Alabama City, AL

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Forrest Cemetery - Gadsden, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Commissioned into service in the summer of 1943, USS Dorado conducted shakedown and training operations off the New England region of northeastern United States. On 6 Oct 1943, she departed for the Panama Canal Zone for the ultimate destination of Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. On 12 Oct 1943, a US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft operating out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba detected an unidentified submarine and attacked her with three depth charges and one bomb; it was not clear whether the submarine was damaged; later in the patrol, the same aircraft encountered another submarine which fired on the aircraft. Later, an Allied convoy sailing through the region reported no contact with any friendly submarines. After Dorado had failed to arrive at the Panama Canal Zone on 14 Oct, air searches were launched, finding scattered oil slicks that later investigation found to be not of submarine fuel in nature. It was ultimately concluded that both of the submarine contacts that the US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft encountered on 12 Oct 1943 were indeed hostile (the second contact was later concluded to be German submarine U-214), and thus USS Dorado was most likely lost due to an accident or to a German naval mine.
BM1 Burrell was among the crew listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2719078

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS R-12 (SS-89)USS Dorado (SS-248)
  1939-1940, S1c-0000, USS Rodgers (DD-254)
  1940-1940, S1c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1941, COX-0000, USS R-12 (SS-89)
  1941-1942, COX-0000, SUBBASE Coco Solo, Panama
  1942-1943, BM-0000, USS S-14 (SS-119)
  1943-1943, BM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, BM-0000, USS Dorado (SS-248)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1940 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to COX
  Jul 23, 1945, Declared dead
  Aug 10, 1945, 3 State Sailors Listed as Dead1
  May 16, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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