Blas, Francisco Nicholas, Ck2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, CH-0000, USS Rich (DE-695)
Service Years
1940 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chamorra, Guam
Last Address
1417 N 17th St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Jun 08, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
English Channel
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
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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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA GuamUS NavyUSS Boise (CL-47)
  1940-1940, NAVSTA Guam
  1940-1940, USS Gold Star (AK-12)
  1940-1940, USS Trinity (AO-13)
  1940-1943, SC-0000, USS Boise (CL-47)
  1943-1944, CH-0000, USS Threat (AM-124)
  1944-1944, CH-0000, USS Rich (DE-695)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 01, 1941, Promoted to Matt1c
  Oct 01, 1941, Promoted to Matt2c
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to CK3
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to CK2
  Feb 01, 2016, Guam Soldier Fought in Battle of Normandy1
  Nov 02, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On June 8, 1944 at approximately 09:20, when USS Rich (DD-695) a mine exploded 50 yd off Rich's starboard beam. This tripped circuit breakers, knocked out the ship's lighting, shook up the ship hard, and knocked sailors off their feet, but caused no structural damage. Within a minute, the engine room reported that they were "ready to answer all bells". Three minutes later, a second mine went off directly under the ship. Approximately 50 ft of her stern was blown off, from frame 130 aft, just aft of the 1.1 in mount in 'X' position. Even though the blown-off stern section caught fire, survivors clung to her wreckage. A third mine — another influence mine — exploded below the ice machine room forward, delivering the final blow two minutes later. The forward section was totally wrecked, the flying bridge demolished, and forward fire room severely damaged, and the mast came crashing down. Life rafts were ordered cut loose, and Rich was ordered abandoned. Several PT boats came alongside Rich to take off personnel. All this time, they were being shelled by German shore batteries. A few minutes later, she sank in about 40 ft of water. Of her crew, 27 were killed, 73 were wounded, and 64 were missing; in all, 91 were killed outright or died of wounds following their rescue. Rich was the only American destroyer escort lost in the invasion force.

CK2 Blas was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 4210643

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