Thomas, Herbert Wesley, MoMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MO-0000, USS No Name (PGM-18)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aliquippa, PA
Last Address
606 Reed St
Aliquippa, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 09, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Salamonie (AO-26)USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1941-1942, F2c-0000, USS Altair (AD-11)
  1942-1942, F2c-0000, USS Salamonie (AO-26)
  1942-1944, MO-0000, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1944-1945, MO-0000, USS No Name (PGM-18)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Tassafaronga (Fourth Savo)
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 16, 1941, New Boots1
  Sep 01, 1941, 4 Here Complete Navy Course1
  Mar 01, 1942, Promoted to F2c
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to F1c
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to MoMM2
  Apr 25, 2020, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PGM-18, while following behind YMS-103 and destroying mines on 8 April 1945 she and other minesweepers cut loose, struck and detonated a mine. Eyewitnesses on nearby ships reported that the explosion was so powerful they could see five feet of sunlight under her keel before she came back down into the water, rolled over, and then foundered. YMS-103, in an attempt to rescue survivors, struck two mines, blowing off her bow and stem. Despite this, she was able to remain afloat. PGM-18 suffered two dead, twelve missing and 14 wounded, and YMS-103 suffered five killed and seven wounded. The survivors were picked up by other ships in the area. PGM-18 was only in service for 111 days before her destruction and received a battle star for her involvement in the Battle of Okinawa.

MoMM2 was wounded in action and picked up by another ship in the area. He died of his wounds on 9 April 1945 and was buried at sea.

Service number: 2506171

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