Farrel, William Stanley, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 000X, USS Snook (SS-279)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Emeryville, CA
Last Address
381 D St
Chula Vista, CA

Casualty Date
Apr 09, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MAA 41 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

USS Snook (SS-279) was on her ninth war patrol when she was lost. Her last radio transmission was on 8 April 1945 when she reported her position to the submarine Tigrone (SS-419). Tigrone replied, but Snook did not respond. She was lost, with all hands and her fate has never been determined. Lieutenant Commander Farrel - the Snook's Executive Officer - was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 6 May 1946.

Although all available official Navy records have LCDR Farrel's last rank as Lieutenant, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has him listed as a Lieutenant Commander. It can only be assumed that he was promoted at some time between when he was listed as missing in action and officially declared dead
 
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 100401

Silver Star
Awarded for action during World War II
Service: Navy
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant William S. Farrel, United States Navy, for gallantry in action while serving as Damage Control Officer in a warship during an engagement with Japanese forces off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Lieutenant Farrel entered a burning compartment to remove explosives and assist in extinguishing the fire. His prompt action helped keep the ship in action and undoubtedly prevented further dangerous explosions. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Command duties:
Excutive Officer aboard USS S-14 (SS-119) - April 1944
Acting Captain aboard USS S-14 (SS-119) - April 30, 1944
Excutive Officer aboard USS Snook (SS-279) - August 1944 - April 9, 1944

Submarine war patrols: USS Snook (SS-279) - 7th through 9th

Note: Duty station dates are estimated from news articles.

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

 
 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Threadfin (SS-410)USS Snook (SS-279)
  1941-1943, 000X, USS Mugford (DD-389)
  1943-1943, 000X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, 000X, USS Mackerel (SS-204)
  1943-1944, 000X, USS S-14 (SS-119)
  1944-1944, 000X, USS Threadfin (SS-410)
  1944-1945, 000X, USS Snook (SS-279)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1945-1945 USS Snook (SS-279)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1937-1941, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Lucky Bag - USNA yearbook
  Feb 01, 1941, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 10, 1943, Californian Honored1
  Aug 23, 1946, Memorial Plaque Will Bear Names of Su-Hi Students Killed in War1
  Jul 06, 2018, General Photos2
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WW II Memorial National Registry
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  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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