Church, Ray William, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fremont, NE
Last Address
Fremont, NE

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

USS Bullhead (SS-332) began her third and final patrol on 31 July 1945. The last contact with the boat was on 2 August. Post war Japanese records show that a plane depth charged and presumably sunk an American Submarine on 6 August, the same day the Atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Church was listed as Missing in Action and officially declared dead 23 August 1946.

Service number: 3166940

Submarine war patrols:
USS Plunger (SS-179) - 6th through 8th
USS Pogy (SS-266) - 4th through 6th
USS Bullhead (SS-332) - 1st through 3rd

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units, during her Fifth War Patrol in the East China Sea Area, from January 15 to March 8, 1944, and her Sixth War Patrol souteast of Japan, from April 7 to May 29, 1944. Aggressive and determined in covering her assigned areas, the USS Pogy pressed home vigorous attacks in the face of the enemy's violent countermeasures; and although sustaining wounds under the smashing force of enemy depth charges, she launched her torpedoes with devastaing speed and skill, sinking eight vessels, including a Mutusuki Class Destroyer and a Fleet Type Submarine for a total of nearly 45,000 tons and severely damaging two other ships totalling approximately 14,000 tons. The Pogy's outstanding record in combat exemplifies the skill and fearless devotion to duty of her officers and men and reflects the highest credit upon herself and the United States Naval Service.

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Plunger (SS-179)USS Pogy (SS-266)
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)USS Bullhead (SS-332)
  1940-1942, MM-0000, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1943, MM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, MO-0000, USS Plunger (SS-179)
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Pogy (SS-266)
  1944-1944, MO-0000, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1945-1945 USS Bullhead (SS-331)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 09, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Apr 01, 1941, Promoted to F3c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to F2c
  Feb 01, 1942, Promoted to F1c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to MM2
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to MoMM1
  Oct 06, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
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