Outlaw, William Henry, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
Service Years
1944 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brownsville. TN
Last Address
604 S Washington St
Brownsville, TN
(Wife~Lillie Lucille Hopkins- Outlaw)

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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US Navy
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
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  Memorial headstone in Oakwood Cemetery Brownsville, TN
  Mar 28, 1944, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 924-72-70
  Aug 10, 1944, Received on USS Reid
  Sep 07, 1944, Medical Transfer to USS Relief for medical Treatment
  Sep 09, 1944, Returned to USS Reid from USS Relief
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in action aboard USS Reid (DD 369) on 12/11/1944. In Reid's final two weeks in the waters around Leyte, the crew was able to sleep only an hour or two at a time. They were called to battle stations (condition red) an average of 10 times a day. It was a period of near constant combat. While escorting reinforcements for Ormoc Bay near Surigao Straits 11 December 1944, Reid destroyed seven Japanese planes, when the following took place:

Reid was protecting a re-supply force of amphibious craft bound for Ormoc Bay off the west coast of Leyte. At about 1700 hours, twelve enemy planes approached the convoy. The Reid was the nearest ship to the oncoming planes. Planes 1 and 2 were shot down by the 5-inch battery, and Plane 3 exploded about 500 yards off the starboard beam. Plane 4 hooked a wing on the starboard rigging, crashing at the waterline. Its bomb exploded, causing considerable damage forward. Plane 5 strafed the starboard side and crashed on the port bow. Plane 6 strafed the bridge from the port side and crashed off the starboard bow. Planes 5 and 6 apparently had no bombs or their bombs were duds. Plane 7 came in from astern, strafed Reid and crashed into the port quarter. Its bomb exploded in the after magazine, blowing the ship apart. All this action took place in less than a minute.

The ship was mortally wounded but still doing 20 knots. As the stern opened up, she rolled violently, then laid over on her starboard side and dove to the bottom at 600 fathoms. It was over in less than two minutes, and 103 crewmen went down with her. The survivors were strafed in the water by Japanese planes before rescue. Her 150 survivors were picked up by landing craft in her convoy.
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