Ader, John William, WT2c

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Last Rate
Water Tender 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
Service Years
1937 - 1944
WT-Water Tender
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
1041 S. 53rd St
West Philadelphia, PA
(Wife~Catherine Ader)

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1944
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Explosive Device
New York
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)
Military Service Number
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WWII Memorial National Registry - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1940-1942, F1c-0000, USS Sangamon (AO-28)
  1942-1943, WT-0000, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 08, 1937, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 404-90-84
  Oct 21, 1940, Received Naval Receiving Station Philadelphia, PA Rank of F2c (E-3 before 1943)
  Nov 06, 1940, Transferred to USS Sangamon
  Nov 11, 1940, Received on USS Sangamon
  Sep 01, 1941, Promoted to F1c (E-4 before 1943)
  Oct 07, 1941, Enlistment expired but retained onboard for duty in accordance with ALNAV 59
  Feb 16, 1942, Temporary Transfer to Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
  Apr 01, 1942, Received on USS Wyoming for Duty from Receiving Ship Norfolk, VA
  Jul 01, 1942, Promoted WT2c (E-5)
  Mar 07, 1943, Transferred to Receiving Station Long Beach, NY For Further Transfer to USS Turner detachment
  Apr 15, 1943, Commissioning Crew of the USS Turner DD-648
  Apr 15, 1943, Received on USS Turner
  Dec 13, 2017, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 24 October, the two escorts rejoined the convoy, and the crossing continued peacefully. When the convoy divided itself into two segments according to destination on 4 November, Turner took station as one of the escorts for the Norfolk-bound portion. Two days later, she saw her charges safely into port and then departed to return to New York where she arrived on 7 November. 

USS Turner off Sandy Hook on 3 January 1944.
Following ten days in port, the warship conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.

Early the following morning, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16° starboard list; and explosions, mostly in the ammunition stowage areas, continued to stagger the stricken destroyer. Then, at about 07:50, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 men.

After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. A United States Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lieutenant Commander Frank A. Erickson,  the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role, flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 April 1944.

It is highly possible that Turner was sunk by a German U-boat and this was not publicized due to security concerns.
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