Wise, Donald Edward, MMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MM-9593-Submarine Repairman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1961-1963, MM-9593, USS Thresher (SSN-593)
Service Years
1948 - 1963
MM-Machinists Mate
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Home Town
Somerville, Massachusetts
Last Address
USS Thresher
Body not recovered/lost at sea.

Date of Passing
Apr 10, 1963
Location of Interment
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Donald Edward Wise was born on November 11, 1931, in Somerville, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dexter L. Wise. He attended public schools in Massachusetts prior to entering the naval service in December 1948, at age 17.

He received his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., and was later assigned to the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Salem (CA 139). Between torus of duty ashore at the naval installations at Norfolk, Va.; Argentia, Newfoundland; and New London, Conn., he subsequently served in the fleet oiler, U.S.S. Salamonie (AO 26), and the ammunition ship, U.S.S. Surbachi (AE 21).

Donald then volunteered for submarine duty and was accepted for training at the Submarine School located a the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn. He was graduated on April 10, 1957. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Hardhead (SS 365), in which he became qualified as a submariner and was awarded his silver dolphins on April 24, 1958. He was selected for advance training in nuclear power and attended the schools at New London, and West Milton, N.Y. He successfully completed the course of instruction and on February 27, 1961, he was assigned to the nuclear powered submarine U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593).

During his naval service Donald had earned the Navy's Good Conduct Medal (four awards); National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupations Medal with European Clasp, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Virginia R. Wise of Arlington, Mass.; five chilren, Donald, Jr., Patit Anne, Nancy Ellen, John Arthru, and Phillip Alan. He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dexter L. Wise; four brothers, Richard P., James O, William, and D. Robert Wise, now on active duty witht he U.S. Navy; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Perry of Wilmington, Mass.


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Salem (CA-139)NAVSTA Norfolk, VANAVFAC Argentia Newfoundland CanadaNAVSUBASE New London/Groton
USS Suribachi (AE-21)USS Salamonie (AO-26)USS Hardhead (SS-365)USS Thresher (SSN-593)
  1949-1951, MM-0000, USS Salem (CA-139)
  1951-1952, MM-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1952-1952, MM-0000, NAVFAC Argentia Newfoundland Canada
  1952-1953, MM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1953-1955, MM-0000, USS Suribachi (AE-21)
  1955-1957, MM-0000, USS Salamonie (AO-26)
  1957-1957, MM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1957-1961, MM-0000, USS Hardhead (SS-365)
  1961-1963, MM-9593, USS Thresher (SSN-593)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1963 Sinking of the USS Thresher (SSN-593)
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