Bard, Francis Paul, WT3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1909
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dubois, PA
Last Address
420 Lycoming St
Williamsport, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Green Lawn Memorial Park - Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Norfolk, VAUS Navy
  1944-1944, F1c-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  Sep 01, 1944, Promoted to WT3
  Apr 25, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 09, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) participated in the Battle off Samar, an unlikely victory in which a relatively small force of U.S. warships prevented a vastly superior Japanese force from attacking the amphibious invasion fleet off the large Philippine island of Leyte. This destroyer escort, along with the handful of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort carriers of the unit called "Taffy 3", was inadvertently left alone to fend off a fleet of heavily armed Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers in this crucial action off the Island of Samar, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf of October 1944. Steaming aggressively through a gauntlet of incoming shells, Samuel B. Roberts scored one torpedo hit and numerous gunfire hits as she slugged it out with larger enemy warships before finally being sunk. After the battle, Samuel B. Roberts received the appellation "the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship."

WT3 Bard was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 8192220

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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