McGrath, Thomas Patrick, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1943, 00X, USS Pompano (SS-181)
Service Years
1936 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bisbee, AZ
Last Address
Tuscon, AZ

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 1 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

USS Pompano (SS-181) left for her patrol on 20 August 1943, heading towards the Japanese coast. She was never heard from again and is presumed to have been lost to enemy mines. Lieutenant McGrath was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 4 January 1946.

Service number: 085072

Submarine war patrols: USS Pompano (SS-181) - 1st through 7th

Silver Star
Awarded for action during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Pompano (SS-181)
GENERAL ORDERS: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01623 (July 11, 1943)
 The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Thomas Patrick McGrath (NSN: 0-85072), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer of the U.S.S. POMPANO (SS-181) during three successive and aggressive War Patrols of that Submarine during World War II, which resulted in the sinking of an important amount of enemy shipping. On the occasion of a surface engagement with a 900-ton armed enemy patrol vessel he manned a machine gun in an exposed station and in the face of heavy enemy machine gun fire maintained an accurate and effective fire from the gun which directly contributed to the total destruction and sinking of that enemy ship. His conduct throughout these three patrols was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency has Thomas McGrath listed as a Lieutenant Commander. Although no recods could be found abour a promotion to this rank, the DPAA listing is taken from official records so it would appear LT McGrath was granted a promotion between the time the USS Pompano was lost and when LT McGrath was declared dead.

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

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Pompano (SS-181)
  1940-1941, 00X, USS California (BB-44)
  1941-1941, Commander, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet
  1941-1943, 00X, USS Pompano (SS-181)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 1st War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 2nd War Patrol
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 3rd War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 4th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 5th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Pompano (SS-181)/USS POMPANO (SS-181) 6th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Lucky Bag - USNA yearbook
  Dec 12, 1939, Nominated "Five-Striper" of Regiment1
  May 20, 1940, Winner of Naval Honors1
  Jun 06, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 17, 1942, Tusconan Receives Navy Commendation1
  Apr 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Nov 12, 1943, Thomas McGrath Gets Decoration1
  Jan 06, 1944, LT. McGrath is Pompano Man1
  Jun 02, 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
WWII 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, WWII Memorial National Registry
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