Huff, John Kirkman, CTM

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Last Rank
Chief Torpedoman
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Tuna (SS-203)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marshalltown, IA
Last Address
Knierim, IA

Casualty Date
May 04, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Drowned, Suffocated
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenoptaph)

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Last Known Activity

On 4 May 1944, USS Tuna (SS-203) sighted a 100-ton trawler. Bound for Wake Island with classified documents on board, Takima Maru put up a fight when taken under fire by the submarine's two 20-millimeter guns. In the face of the returned fire, Tuna opened up with her three-inch deck gun and scored a hit on the first salvo, holing Takima Maru near the stern. Ten minutes later, the trawler settled beneath the waves, stern first, leaving the waters littered with secret papers and the surviving Japanese.

After the action was over, CTM Huff was on the deck helping retrieve crates floating in the water. His foot slipped and he went overboard. His shipmates were unable to rescue him. His body was not recovered and he was later declared dead.

Service number: 3369013

Submarine war patrols:
USS S-43 (SS-154) - 1st through 3rd
USS Tuna (SS-203) - 8th through 10th

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Nitro (AE-2)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS S-43 (SS-154)
NAVSTA Mare Island, CAUSS Tuna (SS-203)
  1937-1939, S2c-0000, USS Sicard (DM21)
  1939-1939, S2c-0000, USS Simpson (DD-221)
  1939-1939, S1c-0000, USS Mcdougal (DD-358)
  1939-1939, S1c-0000, USS Nitro (AE-2)
  1939-1940, S1c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1940, S1c-0000, USS S-43 (SS-154)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, SUBBASE Coco Solo, Panama
  1940-1943, TM-0000, USS S-43 (SS-154)
  1943-1943, TM-0000, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
  1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Tuna (SS-203)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 USS Tuna (SS-203)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 16, 1939, Promoted to S1c
  Aug 14, 1940, Promoted to TM3
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to TM2
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to TM1
  Sep 21, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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