Blocher, Andrew William, FC3c

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Last Rank
Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-0000-Fire Controlman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, FC-0000, USS Halligan (DD-584)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
FC-Fire Controlman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburgh, PA
Last Address
1938 Shamokin Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1943-1945, FC-0000, USS Halligan (DD-584)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 13, 1945, Service Saturday for PO Blocher1
  Mar 25, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Nov 03, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
USS Halligan (DD-584) coonducted offshore patrols during the operations at Iwo Jima. On 26 March 1945 at about 18:35 a tremendous explosion rocked the ship, sending smoke and debris 200 feet in the air. The destroyer had hit a moored mine head on, exploding the forward magazines and blowing off the forward section of the ship including the bridge, back to the forward stack. PC-1128 and USS LSM(R)-194 arrived soon after the explosion to aid survivors. Finally, the order was given to abandon ship as the smoking hulk drifted helplessly. The Halligan lost half of her crew of 300 in the disaster; and only 2 of her 21 officers survived.

FC3 Blocher was killed in action and buried at sea.

Service number: 6532709

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII 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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